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James City launches new round of succession assignments


Date: September 14, 2004
Contact: Sandy Wanner, JCC County Administrator, 253-6603 or
Rona Vrooman, JCC Training and Quality Performance Coordinator, 253-6617 or


James City County is building on its successful program to develop future managers by announcing a second group of employees who will be assigned to different positions for the next six months.


"James City County has a wealth of talented employees who will be poised to fill the many management positions that will become vacant over the coming years due to retirement," County Administrator Sandy Wanner said. "The County's succession management program allows employees to broaden their knowledge of our organization and helps to cultivate and identify potential candidates to ensure leadership continuity."


County employees who will be in new assignments October 1-March 31 include:


  • Budget & Accounting Director Sue Mellen will be Assistant County Administrator, Board-related
  • Purchasing Director Stephanie Ahrendt will be Budget & Accounting Director
  • Senior Accounting Technician Christal Crawley will be Satellite Services Administrator
  • Satellite Services Administrator Jane Townsend will be Management Assistant to the Assistant County Administrator
  • Lt. Jeff Hicklin will move from Police Administration to Police Community Services
  • Lt. Brad Rinehimer will move from Police Community Services to Police Administration
  • Human Resources Assistant Alex Holloway will be Human Resources Specialist


A 2003 survey showed that James City is consistent with the national trends of seeing an increase in the number of employees who are eligible to retire. Over the next 10 years, 34 percent of Public Safety employees here and 24 percent of other employees will be eligible to retire.


In addition to the special assignments, the County supports a range of training and development opportunities such as Shaping Effective Leadership for the Future (SELF), a leadership development program developed jointly with the City of Williamsburg and Williamsburg-James City County Schools. The 4th session of SELF will kick off on September 23.



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