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Stafford appoints deputy county administrator, public works director

Two familiar faces are now officially taking over some top posts in Stafford County. Both men have been in “acting” roles since September. Keith Dayton will be the deputy county administrator, and Mike Smith will be the public works director.

“Keith and Mike bring many years of experience in their fields as well as institutional knowledge to their positions,” County Administrator Anthony Romanello said in a news release. “They continue to successfully lead several projects that will enhance our customer service and improve our residents’ quality of life including the Rocky Pen Run Reservoir, the Community Development Service Center, and the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail. They are assets to the organization, and to the greater Stafford community.”

Dayton moved from Public Works to County Administration to take on former Deputy County Administrator Mike Neuhard’s duties when Mr. Neuhard retired last September. Mr. Dayton has worked for the County for 22 years, beginning his career in Utilities where he rose to Assistant Director of that department before taking over Public Works in 2009. Mr. Dayton is responsible for development-related activities and will lead Public Works, Planning and Zoning, and Utilities. He will work alongside Deputy County Administrator Tim Baroody, who will continue to lead Economic Development, Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, and the Regional Landfill.

Mike Smith served as Assistant Director of Utilities before moving to Public Works to take over Mr. Dayton’s duties. Mr. Smith has worked for the County for 25 years, starting as a Senior Operator at the Aquia Wastewater Treatment Facility in 1986. He was promoted to Plant Manager the following year.  He became the Assistant Director for Utilities in February 2009.

Both appointments are effective immediately.