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And the new county administrator is ... still a secret

Halifax County Supervisors are poised to introduce a new county administrator at the board’s June 25th meeting, according to ED-1 Supervisor J. T. Davis.

“We are through with the interviews, but the board wants to officially make the announcement on the 25th,” Davis said Friday afternoon. “It’s the right way to do it. We plan to keep the new administrator’s identity under wraps until then.”

A total of 27 candidates applied for the top county position of administrator, and earlier supervisors narrowed the search for a new county administrator to the top six candidates.

Supervisors interviewed their
top six picks in closed meetings over a 15-day period but were unable to select a new administrator from the group of applicants.

They then turned to Springsted Municipal Consulting of Richmond to see if that firm could refer any candidates for the county administrator position.

Springsted, a large consulting firm that performs chief executive searches for local governments, provided one candidate, county officials said, and Virginia Tech Center for Public Service referred the other potential candidate.

Davis said the search for a new county administrator took longer than expected, and he described the search as “an arduous task with a lot of vetting going through the process.”

In the end, the ED-1 supervisor said he was pleased with the process, adding, “I feel comfortable with how we went through it, and I’ll tell you it is not a fun thing to do.”

Davis said supervisors stuck to the same script asking each of the top candidates the same questions.

“It was a very fair process, and we went much further than just reviewing resumes during the vetting process,” he added.

“We wanted to get the best fit for Halifax County,” he said, adding he thought the supervisors had accomplished that with their choice.

Davis said the new county administrator is expected to begin his duties here “very soon in July.”

He anticipates the new administrator will attend the Monday, June 25, meeting and be introduced to those in attendance.

“It’s probably going to leak out before the 25th,” Davis said, but he quickly declared he would not be the supervisor responsible for that happening.

The new administrator will replace outgoing County Administrator George Nester who announced in December he would retire at the end of March after serving the county since April 2009 when he replaced former County Administrator Brian Foster.

After the process took longer than expected, Nester agreed to stay on until the end of June.