Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Randy Wheeler finds new manager job
The City of Poquoson hired former Spotsylvania County Administrator Randy Wheeler to run the ship there. You can read the story here.
Poquoson Mayor Gordon Helsel said of Wheeler, "His ability is substantial in terms of being a team player. He’s energetic and ready to take on the load we’re about to put on his shoulders."
Wheeler will start June 1.
According to articles published last year by the Free Lance-Star, Wheeler’s contract with Spotsylvania County was supposed to expire in June, but he resigned Nov. 30 after an 18-month period that was "tumultuous at times" and involved "several run-ins with supervisors."
In a short interview, Wheeler disagreed with that assessment, but said after leaving Spotsylvania he searched for a place with a strong sense of community for himself and his family that includes wife Starla and sons Austin, 9, and Andrew, 7.
Upon his departure from Spotsylvania, Wheeler was given a lump sum of $114,885 — half of his annual salary. In 2007, Wheeler was given a 23 percent pay raise that brought his yearly pay to $173,265 — reportedly one of the highest salaries in that region for a county administrator.
In Poquoson, Wheeler will make $130,000 annually. That is about $15,000 less than Burgess made at his retirement.