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Orange gives interim leader the job

Interim Orange County Administrator R. Bryan David will soon need to update his business cards.

After coming out of closed session Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors added an item to their agenda, then unanimously voted to authorize a contract with David for his continuing services as county administrator.

David had been recruited to fill the interim county administrator post when past administrator Julie Jordan resigned earlier this year to take a position with the College of William & Mary, her alma mater.

He took the interim position in January, following his resignation as executive director of the Lynchburg-based Region 2000 Economic Development Council. That network of organizations, which aimed to provide regional development leadership within its 2,000-square-mile area, had been undergoing a restructuring following shortfalls in its fundraising efforts.

David has previously served as county administrator for King George, Amherst and Brunswick counties, and was the winner of the 2011 Excellence in Virginia Government Award for Public-Private Partnership.

He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political xcience from Hampden–Sydney College. He also holds a certificate in litigation from the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, Georgia.

David’s preparation and explanation of his proposed FY 2015 county budget has been publicly lauded by numerous officials and citizens. Supervisors, planning commissioners, School Board members and members of the public have been united and effusive in their praise, characterizing it as one of the most transparent budget proposals in recent memory.

And although the supervisors’ public hearings on the budget, capital spending plan, and proposed 8.4-cent real estate tax increase will not take place until April 1, some 15 Orange County residents appeared at Tuesday’s public comment period to voice, at length, their support for the budget, the tax increase and specifically, the School Board’s proposed budget request.

Dan McFarland:

dmcfarland@freelancestar.com

 

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