Albemarle announces new County Executive

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has named a new County Executive.

On Nov. 6, Jeff Richardson will officially assume the role previously held by Tom Foley. Foley left the county earlier this year.

Having served in various local governments in North Carolina for the past 27 years, Richardson said his experience with both city and county government has uniquely shaped him for this position.

"I think I'm fortunate that I've got a blend of experience both urban and rural," he said. "When I come here, what my focus will be, will be to listen and learn and really begin to understand what is special about this community."

Albemarle County Supervisor Diantha McKeel described Richardson as exactly what the board was looking for.

"We're just thrilled to welcome Jeff to our community," she said. "We operate under a county executive form of government, so really our county executive is in charge, he makes the decisions and answers to us."

Richardson said he's aware of recent tension in the Charlottesville area, but he's all the more eager to be part of a solution.

"We have a lot of hard issues nationally right now and it's going to take our best work to move communities forward and this community's no different," he said. "I'm very fortunate to come into a community like this and be a part of such a great team and I'm going to work really hard to do the best job that I can."

Richardson was selected from a pool of 42 applicants from around the country.

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