Your County, Your Board, Moving Forward Together.

Randy L. Pennington

Randy L. Pennington

2016 Chairman

(276) 944-3146

Saul A. Hernandez

Saul A. Hernandez

2016 Vice-Chairman

(276) 525-0902

Allison Mays

Allison Mays

Board Member

(276) 525-2381

Eddie Copenhaver

Eddie Copenhaver

Board Member

(276) 525-2438

Dr. James E. Baker

Dr. James E. Baker

Board Member

(276) 492-4944

Vernon L. Smith

Vernon L. Smith

Board Member

(276) 494-8179

Committees & Advisory Boards

The Washington County Board of Supervisors establishes and makes appointments to various Committees and Advisory Boards throughout the year.  Most Committees and Advisory Boards are established at the Board of Supervisors’ Annual Meeting held in early January (please refer to the Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Supervisors for their first January meeting of the current year for a listing of established Committees/Advisory Board for the year and appointments thereto).  Committees and Advisory Boards meet on a regular or as-needed basis, usually coordinated by County administrative personnel.  Committees of the Board of Supervisors are composed of two or three Board members, assisted by County administrative personnel and/or other persons appointed by Board Committee members.  Some Committees are constituted jointly with one or more other County boards, authorities or commissions and are referred to as Joint Committees.  Advisory Boards to the Board of Supervisors are composed of up to seven persons appointed by the Board of Supervisors, based on County Election Districts, organizations and/or at-large representation (no Board of Supervisors members serve on Advisory Boards). Committees and Advisory Boards are charged with a variety of responsibilities, usually to review and advise the Board of Supervisors and other bodies on specific matters or issues of interest to the County government.  Committees and Advisory Boards serve an important role in their ability to focus on specific matters in detail and render advice and recommendations for formal action by the Board of Supervisors and others. Meeting of Committees and Advisory Boards are posted to the website’s Calendar.

OUR VISION STATEMENT

This is Who We Are. This is Where We Are Going.

Washington County distinguishes itself as the fastest growing, most progressive County in Southwest Virginia.  While always looking to the future, we value the preservation of our heritage and character and foster and support all the things that make us special as a people.  We want newcomers and natives alike to value and appreciate what makes us unique in character and to actively work to preserve our traditions and customs.  We have varied opportunities for past-time pursuits, employment, outdoor recreation, and choices in residential living.  We maintain and promote an effective mix of vocations to provide diversity in our employment base.  Of paramount importance is the protection of our natural beauty: our farmlands and mountains, breathtaking and serene rural landscapes and moderate seasonal climate.  We place special emphasis on culture and education, and work diligently to distinguish the County as a regional destination for recreation, cultural heritage, shopping, and as a hub of governmental activity and professional services.  We take great pride in our reputation as a role model for all counties in Southwest Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth. For the purpose of keeping our citizens informed, involved, and believing in what we are doing, the Board of Supervisors has articulated this Vision for Washington County which will be achieved through a focus on the following outcomes:

Land Use:

Rural, residential, retail, and industrial endeavors prosper throughout Washington County in a mutually respectful and non-invasive fashion. Washington County is a preserve of heritage and historical beauty.  A drive through the County provides opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment of natural environments including flowing rivers, mountains, lakes, creeks, hills, and pastures.  Historic landmarks are lovingly preserved and farmland and rural ambiance are protected and productive.  Residential neighborhoods are attractive, orderly, and serene with children playing safely in their yards.  Commercial and industrial developments prosper without interrupting the peace and quiet in residential and rural areas.  Visitors are delighted by the cleanliness of the County.  Nestled within the hills and valleys of the County, distinct rural communities add unique character to the County’s personality and create opportunity for socializing, entertainment, and grassroots involvement and education among local residents.

Recreation:

Washington County is a premier leisure and adventure destination. Washington County is the center of recreational diversity in Southwest Virginia.  Many hiking and biking trails crisscross our beautiful County, including the Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail, Transcontinental Bike Trail, and Daniel Boone Memorial Trail.  The County offers many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing in the Jefferson National Forest, Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and nearby Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.  Our high mountain streams and South Holston Lake offer excellent canoeing, kayaking, pleasure boating, and trout and bass fishing.  The County is also the home of the Virginian Golf Course, a world-class golfing and gated residential community, along with many attractive public and private golf courses.  Close proximity to the Bristol Motor Speedway offers the best of NASCAR – the ultimate venue in motor sports racing.  Our regional sports complex accommodates all levels of field sport competition.  Visitors to Washington County enjoy a variety of options for accommodations and dining ranging from charming bed and breakfast inns to internationally recognized four-star hotels.

Arts, Culture & History:

Washington County is the champion of cultural heritage preservation and awareness. Washington County has a rich history of preserving and supporting its art, culture, and historical sites.  The historic Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, along with the William King Regional Arts Center and the Abingdon Arts Depot and many fairs and festivals attract visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries.  The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, runs through Washington County and Bristol, Virginia.  Round the Mountain is a Southwest Virginia organization that promotes local crafts, which are featured in the Southwest Virginia region.