By. Neil Williamson, President
In a letter to Greene County employees, County Administrator Barry Clark announced he had tendered his resignation to the Board of Supervisors effective November 30th. Clark indicated he would be on administrative leave until the effective date but would be available by telephone for any questions.
In the letter, Clark told employees:
“ I consider it an honor and privilege to have served the citizens of Greene over the past six years. Working together, I believe that we have made positive, important contributions to the County. I sincerely appreciate the chance to have gotten to know and work with you. I wish you all the best going forward.”
If they follow other localities’ lead, it is anticipated that the Greene County Board of Supervisors will appoint one of the senior members of their administrative staff as an interim Administrator while conducting a search for a permanent successor to Clark. Deputy County Administrator/Finance Director Tracy Morris has been mentioned by some sources as a possible interim administrator.
According to the Greene County web site, the Administrator serves a variety of functions:
“The County Administrator has a combined advisory and executive role. It includes researching options and alternatives to proposed plans and advising the Board of Supervisors as they develop policy and direction for the County government. When policies are enacted, the Administrator directs the staff as it carries out the policies of the Board.”
It is interesting to note, the 2011 elections resulted in three new members to Greene County’s five member Board of Supervisors. It is not clear that this shift in the Board’s makeup had any impact on Clark’s resignation.
Attempts to reach both Clark and Greene County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clarence “Buggs” Peyton were unsuccessful at the time of this article’s posting.
Neil Williamson, President
Neil Williamson is the President of The Free Enterprise Forum, a privately funded public policy organization covering the City of Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson County. For more information visit the website www.freeenterpriseforum.org
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