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Former Charlottesville city manager candidate named administrator of Orange County

ORANGE — In a special, virtual meeting Thursday evening, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of a new county administrator.

Ted Voorhees, most recently the county administrator in Powhatan County, will report to work Monday as Orange’s county administrator. Terms of his employment agreement were not immediately available.

Voorhees was a finalist for the Charlottesville city manager position last spring.

“I am looking forward to joining the Orange County team and appreciate the opportunity that the board has given me to help them achieve their goals for the community,” he said in a news release. “During these extraordinary times, I will initially be focusing my attention on supporting employees and community partners working to protect us all from the impacts of COVID-19. By working together to heed ‘stay at home’ orders from Gov. Northam and best practices from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], we have the best chance of mitigating effects on our community and our loved ones.”

Jim Crozier, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said, “Ted comes to us with great experience and a desire to continue moving Orange County ahead into the future with the board and county staff. I am very excited to have him on board.”

Voorhees served as Powhatan’s county administrator from May 2017 through January 2020. Before that, he served for nearly four years as city manager for Fayetteville, North Carolina, and as deputy city manager of operations for Durham, North Carolina, for 10 years. He also has served as assistant city manager of Wilmington, North Carolina, and city manager in King, North Carolina, and he was the manager in Bowling Green, near Fredericksburg.

Voorhees holds a B.S. from American University and earned a master’s of public administration from George Mason University. He also completed the municipal administration program at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government and the senior executive institute program at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

He succeeds Interim County Administrator Brenda Garton, hired in January to replace former County Administrator Bryan David. The board terminated David in December after six years in the county’s top administrative post.


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