The Greene County Board of Supervisors welcome their new county administrator Tuesday night. The board hired John Barkley after a nearly year-long search that started when the previous supervisor abruptly resigned last July.
Barkley is coming to Greene after nearly six years as town manager in the Loudoun County community of Round Hill.
He rose to the top of a pool of 13 candidates who applied for the job of leading Greene County's day-to-day operations. He's not even officially on the clock as county administrator until July, but Barkley is building the groundwork to guide Greene.
"I want to take a few months to really get a feel and a sense for what the citizens believe in here, the value system of the county," said Barkley.
"We're just beginning," said Jim Frydl, chairman of the Greene Board of Supervisors.
Frydl will be Barkley's tour guide around the Greene County Office Building.
"The leadership Mr. Barkley will bring, the teamwork will help the staff be more effective, more efficient," said Frydl.
Greene County has been without a county administrator since Barry Clark abruptly resigned last July. Frydl praises staffers for pulling double duty - but admits the county's been at a standstill.
"We have the opportunity to move the county forward and think progressively and make life better for the citizens," said Frydl.
Barkley wants Greene to tap into its tourism potential and encourage business growth.
"We have to broker the natural resources of the county with its needs to continue its economic development," said Barkley.
Barkley says he's ready to settle into his new office - even if he doesn't plan to spend much time behind its doors.
"I'm ready to get started and motivated and enthusiastic about the job," said Barkley.
Barkley and his family plan to move to Greene by the end of summer. The board will introduce Barkley to the community at Wednesday's meeting.
His first day on the job is July 8.
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