Washington County, VA, to Seek New County Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 28, 2012

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County Attorney Lucy Phillips@ 276-525-1370




Citing a desire for change in County administration after seventeen years, the Washington County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors announced that Mark K. Reeter will no longer serve as County Administrator effective September 1.


“The direction and composition of the Board of Supervisors is changing, and the feeling among Board members is that a change in County administration is warranted at this time” according to Joseph C. Straten, Chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors. “This happens from time to time across all local governments, and the majority of the Board now feels that it’s time to bring in a new administrator to move the County forward into the future.”


“I understand and respect the position of the Board in this matter, and wish the Board and Washington County the very best” said Reeter. “My tenure in Washington County will certainly be one of the high points in my career in local government service, and I have been very honored and privileged to have served as County Administrator for such an extended time.”


Reeter, a native of Bristol, Tennessee, was appointed County Administrator in June, 1995 following the retirement of former administrator Bruce Bentley. Reeter is the longest serving County Administrator in Washington County’s history, having served the County for seventeen years. Prior to his appointment as County Administrator, Reeter served as Assistant County Administrator from January, 1993 to June of 1995. County governments in Virginia began operating with appointed County Administrators in 1972.


The Board has not decided on when to begin the process of finding a new administrator, according to Straten. Deputy County Administrator Nadine S. Culberson will serve as Acting County Administrator until the Board makes a subsequent appointment.