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James City County staff assignments to focus on special projects

Date: October 14, 2005
Contact: Rona Vrooman, JCC Training and Quality Performance Coordinator

Phone: (757) 253-6617



James City County announces temporary staff reassignments to meet the challenges posed by major capital projects and the Jamestown 2007 commemoration as well as provide employees an opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills. This will be the third group of employees to participate in such assignments, which start Oct. 17.


"This year's round of succession management temporary assignments not only benefits and encourages staff growth and learning opportunities, but supports many County initiatives that are shaping up in the community, including Jamestown 2007 preparations, ecotourism, upcoming bond referenda and the biennial budget process," County Administrator Sandy Wanner said.


Parks and Recreation Director Ned Cheely and Communications Director Jody Puckett will be assigned to County Administration. Puckett will serve as Assistant County Administrator, Board-related, and work on tourism marketing. Cheely will work on Jamestown 2007 and upcoming bond referenda. Voters will decide Nov. 8 whether bonds should be issued to finance improvements to parks, recreational facilities and greenways, preserve green space and acquire voluntary land conservation agreements.


In Parks and Recreation, other six month temporary assignments include: John Carnifax, Director; Phil Mease, Parks Superintendent; Seth Benton, Community Centers Administration; Arlana Fauntleroy, Senior Operations Coordinator; and Megan White, Program Coordinator. In Communications, Ruth Richey will serve as Director.


James City County began its successful program of developing future managers after a survey showed that - consistent with national trends - many employees will be eligible to retire within the next 10 years. "While public and private sector organizations look for ways to cope with projected retirements and the impact on service delivery, James City County has received state and national recognition for its innovative and effective ways to prepare employees for current and future challenges," said Training and Quality Performance Coordinator Rona Vrooman. "The County supports a range of training and development opportunities to enhance performance and professional abilities."


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