Graham announces retirement from Albemarle County

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Albemarle County's Director of Community Development is retiring after almost 20 years of service to the county.

Mark Graham says he will retire on Aug. 1, 2019.

“When I came to Albemarle County in 1999, I found it a special place, an unparalleled community with a passionate commitment to maintaining the quality of life for its residents”, said Graham. “I leave knowing that commitment is as strong as ever and the residents of Albemarle County are well served.”

He started as the Senior Engineer of the Department of Engineering and Public Works.

During his time there, three departments were consolidated. The departments of Building and Zoning, Planning and Community Development, and Engineering and Public Works became the Department of Community Development.

He has led the department since that consolidation was completed.

Under Graham's leadership, the county also created its Master Plan program for the development of areas and the strengthening a commitment to protecting natural resources.

Albemarle County is immediately beginning the recruitment process for a new Director of Community Development, with the goal of naming that person in time with Graham's departure.

If necessary, Zoning Administrator and Assistant Director of Community Development Amelia McCulley will act as an interim director until a permanent director is selected.

She has been the assistant director of the department since 2004, and Deputy Albemarle County Executive Doug Walker says she will provide strong leadership during the transition period.

The Department of Community Development covers planning, zoning, engineering, building inspections and information services. It also supports the county's Planning Commission, Architectural Review Board and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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