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Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley resigns

9 July 2020 Front Royal/Warren County News

It was announced yesterday that Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley tendered his resignation, effective July 31.

Stanley has worked for the county since December of 1994 and has served as the county administrator since April of 2000.

Dr. Edwin Daley has been appointed by the Warren County Board of Supervisors to serve as interim county administrator.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Walt Mabe noted the county will begin the search for a permanent replacement with the assistance of Daley.

A separation agreement approved by the supervisors yesterday states “The county agrees that Mr. Stanley’s resignation shall be considered an involuntary separation.” Section 51.1-155.2 of the Code of Virginia defines involuntary separation as “any dismissal, requested resignation, or failure to obtain reappointment, except in case of a conviction for a felony or crime involving moral turpitude or dishonesty.”

Stanley will be paid for his unused sick and compensatory leave. He will receive a severance payment equivalent to two months’ salary if he signs a release and settlement agreement.

In an email sent yesterday, Stanley reflected on his experience with the county over the years.

“I have spent the past 25 years or half of my life serving the Front Royal-Warren County community, the last 20 as county administrator. During that time, I have worked at the pleasure of the Warren County Board of Supervisors and appreciated the board’s confidence, trust and support over the years.

Over this period I have had the fortune and honor to be part of significant improvements to this community in replacing the lost jobs and tax base of the former Avtex facility with over $500 million in industrial development and the creation of over 2,000 jobs in the Route 340/522 corridor.  This does not include the $1 billion invested by Dominion in the new power plant.  The county has been able to attract significant retail development to the corridor which provides our residents with shopping and dining opportunities while generating revenue to reduce the county’s reliance on real estate taxes.

We have also made tremendous strides in addressing the capital facility needs of our community thanks to the vision and support of the various members of the board of supervisors through the construction of numerous school, community, parks and recreation, and public safety facilities. 

I am proud that we have been able to make all of these improvements and additions to our community while still maintaining one of the lowest real estate tax rates in the region.

I have been fortunate and blessed to work with an outstanding and professional staff of talented individuals who work hard to improve the quality of life of our citizens on a daily basis.

Without doubt, the past year has been the most difficult and challenging in my career.  That said I believe we have made strides in bringing those responsible for the EDA embezzlement to justice and to recover what has been stolen as well as supporting the current EDA board and staff to clean up the mess.

To the community, I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you over the past 25+ years.  Warren County has been able to strike a balance between economic growth and protecting the rural character, scenic vistas, and special places that we as a community treasure.  I know in my heart that I leave Warren County a better community, a stronger more resilient community that is poised to continue to flourish in the coming years.”

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