By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Representative
Fluvanna County Administrator G. Cabell Lawton IV has resigned. He informed the Board of Supervisors of his decision at a closed session of the Board on January 6th. He was the county administrator for the better part of the last decade and before that was the county’s planning director. Sources indicate Mr. Lawton may be taking the County Administrator position in New Kent County.
His departure is scheduled for early February. Under the terms of his contract, Mr. Lawton is required to provide reasonable notice.
Lawton departs just as the county faces serious fiscal problems, brought on by lagging revenues and growing debt obligations incurred by the previous Board. Additionally, state transfer payments likely will be reduced substantially as the Commonwealth faces its own fiscal problems.
According to several sources, Lawton’s continued tenure was in doubt. Fairly or not, he was perceived as too closely allied with the previous Board of Supervisors and as the implementer of the controversial financial decisions.
Notwithstanding Mr. Lawton’s departure, supervisors will have to address the fiscal year 2011 budget almost immediately. Ms. Shelley Wright, the deputy county administrator traditionally has overseen day-to-day budget staff work, so there will be some methodological continuity.
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