An experienced, retired local government administrator who is an Orange County native has been named interim county administrator of Orange County.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday announced Brenda G. Garton as its top administrative official, temporarily, effective Jan. 15, replacing former administrator Bryan David, according to a news release.
The board of supervisors in December decided to part ways with David to seek a change in leadership style. As part of his termination agreement, he received 11 months’ worth of his $150K salary and corresponding benefits, including county Virginia Retirement System contributions and health insurance.
Garton most recently worked as interim city manager in Lexington, following an appointment in April 2019. In 2018, she worked as interim county administrator in Greene and the year before that held the same position in Rappahannock.
Garton, with 25 years of experience, is credentialed by the International City/County Management Association and serves as a senior adviser for the Washington, D.C.-based organization. Prior to her retirement in 2017, Garton also served as county administrator in Orange, Prince George, Gloucester, and Frederick.
She will now apply her experience and knowledge of local government management in Virginia to assume the day-to-day operations of Orange County as well as to ensure that projects currently underway continue to move forward while the board conducts its search for the next county administrator, according to the news release.
Garton grew up in Orange County, graduating from Orange County High School, where early in her career, she taught math for eight years after graduation from the University of Virginia.
“I am pleased to be coming home to work in Orange County for the upcoming months and look forward to assisting the board of supervisors as they conduct the search for a permanent county administrator,” said Garton in a statement, noting the board’s confidence in county staff. “I look forward to working with them as we continue to move forward with programs and projects consistent with the board’s vision for the county.”
Orange County Board Chairman Jim Crozier said he has known Garton for her length of public service, making her the best fit to be interim manager.
“The board is confident in her ability to assist in continuing to move our community forward, both in selecting the next county administrator as well as in maintaining our high level of service to citizens of the county. We welcome Ms. Garton back to the Orange County team,” he said.
According to the news release, Garton possesses strong communication, public speaking and team building skills. Her clear vision, open communication style, and collaborative approach will benefit all Orange County citizens, the board said.