James City County names Vaughn Poller as Housing and Community Development Director
July 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jody Puckett, Communications Director
Vaughn Poller has been hired as James City County’s Director of Housing and Community Development. Poller is a former County employee and is currently York County’s Manager of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization. He begins in his position August 16, replacing Rick Hanson who recently retired.
Poller worked in the department he will now manage as a Community Development Planner from 1995-2005. “His background includes project management, grant writing, administration and research which are skills that will be needed as we work on our community’s future,” says Robert C. Middaugh, County Administrator. Poller has administered $3.2 million annually in local, State, and Federal funds for rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and community development.
Poller is no stranger to the James City County community. As a long-term resident, he volunteered his time to lead, as Chairperson, the Citizen Participation Team that provided outreach and public engagement during the development of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan. “His involvement in the Comprehensive Plan process is a bonus for the County as it provides him with a deeper appreciation for the County’s desired future,” added Middaugh.
While at York County, Poller highlights his collaborative work on disaster recovery, the Housing Choice Voucher assistance to Katrina victims, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers (VASH) and the Barlow Road Housing Preservation Block Grant as notable accomplishments. Poller says he’s ready to bring his experience to James City County. “I look forward to rejoining the County's Office of Housing and Community Development. This Office has a well earned reputation of being innovative and highly energetic. The people there deal with very complicated programs and are highly skilled. I can't wait to get involved," says Poller.