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					                                EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

      This Agreement is made and entered into this 5th day of August, 2008, between the
Board of Supervisors of Gloucester County, Virginia (the “Board”) and Brenda G. Garton (the
“County Administrator”) and sets forth the terms and conditions of her employment by the
Board as County Administrator for the County of Gloucester, Virginia (“Gloucester County”) .


      WHEREAS, the Board desires to employ the services of Brenda G. Garton as County
Administrator of Gloucester County, Virginia (“Gloucester County”); and

        WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board to (1) secure and retain the services of the
County Administrator and to provide inducement for her to remain in such employment and
(2) to provide a just means for termination of the County Administrator’s services at such time
as she may be unable fully to discharge her duties or when the Board may desire to
otherwise terminate her employ; and

      WHEREAS, Brenda G. Garton desires to accept employment as the County
Administrator for Gloucester County, Virginia; and

      WHEREAS, the parties wish to enter into an agreement setting forth the terms of such
employment during such period; and

      NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the
Board and the County Administrator agree to the following terms and conditions of

Section 1. Employment of and Duties of County Administrator

       a.    The Board hereby agrees to employ Brenda G. Garton as County Administrator
of Gloucester County to serve as the chief administrative officer of Gloucester County.

        b.     The County Administrator shall perform the functions and duties prescribed by
Section 15.2-1541 of the Code of Virginia, those set forth in the position description for the
County Administrator approved by the Board and attached hereto as Appendix A and as
amended from time to time, policies and regulations adopted by the Board, and the legal
directives of the Board. The County Administrator shall devote all necessary time, skill, labor,
and attention to such duties as the chief administrative officer of Gloucester County.

        c.     The County Administrator shall have charge of the administration of the
Gloucester County government under the direction of the Board. The County Administrator
shall fully and completely inform the Board of any and all information that is relevant to the
functioning of the Board. The County Administrator shall be the chief executive for the Board;
shall select, organize and assign all personnel, as best serves Gloucester County
Government, subject to the policies of the Board and the laws of the Commonwealth; shall
oversee the business affairs of Gloucester County; shall from time to time suggest
regulations, rules, and procedures deemed necessary for the well ordering of Gloucester

County; and in general perform all duties incident to the office of County Administrator as
prescribed by law and Board policy.

       d.     The County Administrator shall perform any other legally permissible duties or
functions which the Board may see fit to assign at any time during the term of this Agreement
consistent with the office of County Administrator.

Section 2. Commencement of Employment; County Administrator Serves at Pleasure
of Board.

       a. The County Administrator shall commence her services in that position on August
20, 2008. However, on August 6, 2008, Brenda G. Garton will begin orientation to assume
the duties of county administrator and work in conjunction with the Interim County
Administrator until August 20, 2008 , at which time she will assume the county administrator’s
duties. During the orientation period she will be compensated fully as if she were the county
administrator under the provisions of this Agreement.

        b. The Board and County Administrator acknowledge that the County Administrator
serves only at the pleasure of the Board. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent, limit or
otherwise interfere with the right of the Board of Supervisors to terminate the services of the
County Administrator at any time, with or without reason, provided that it may not do so for
any reason which would contravene the laws of the Commonwealth or the Constitution or
laws of these United States, and subject only to the Termination and Severance provisions
set forth in Section 3 of this Agreement.

        c. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent, limit or otherwise interfere with the right of
the County Administrator to resign at any time from her position with the county, subject only
to the provisions of Section 4 of this Agreement

Section 3. Termination and Severance Pay.

       a.     Termination by Board without cause ; notice. The Board shall have the right to
terminate this Agreement at any time by providing the County Administrator with written
notice setting forth the effective date of termina tion and paying the County Administrator the
severance pay set forth in paragraph “c” of this Section. No severance shall be paid in the
event that employment is terminated for the reasons set forth in paragraphs “b” or “e” of this

       b.      Termination by Board for cause. The County Administrator may be terminated
by the Board for sufficient cause which shall include material breach of this Agreement, willful
non-compliance with laws and regulations or Board policies, conviction of any felony or any
crime involving moral turpitude, or conviction of a crime involving her employment with
Gloucester County or an act involving gross and willful negligence whether such act results in
a criminal prosecution or not.. In the event of such termination for cause, all salary and
benefits shall cease as of the effective date of such termination. The County Administrator
shall be entitled to payment for accrued annual leave in accordance with paragraph “c” of
Section 7 of this Agreement.

        c.    Severance Pay: In the event of termination as provided in paragraph “a” of this
Section, the County Administrator shall be entitled to severance pay, in an amount equal to
six (6) months base salary as specified in Section 5 of this Agreement. This severance pay
and payments for accrued annual leave in accordance with paragraph “c” of Section 7 of this
Agreement shall be the total and complete amount due the County Administrator under this
Agreement. Should the County Administrator make application for and receive unemplo yment
benefits following a termination of her employment by the Board, the sum due under this
paragraph shall be reduced directly by the total sum of unemployment benefits paid to the
County Administrator.

       d.     Termination for Non Compliance with Agreeme nt or Resignation Requests. In
the event the Board refuses, following written notice, to comply with any provisions of this
Agreement benefiting the County Administrator, or if the County Administrator resigns (not for
cause) following a request, either formal or informal, by the Board that the County
Administrator resign, then in that event, the County Administrator may, at the County
Administrator’s option, be deemed to be terminated at the date of such refusal or suggestion,
and the provisions of paragraph “c” above with regards to severance compensation shall

       e. Termination for Disability, Sickness. If the County Administrator is permanently
disabled or is otherwise unable to perform her duties because of sickness, accident, injury,
mental or physical incapacity or health for a period of four (4) successive weeks beyond any
accrued sick leave, the Board shall have the option to terminate this Agreement effective on
the date of written notice thereof without regard to any other notice provisi ons in this
Agreement. However, the County Administrator shall be compensated for any accrued and
unused sick leave, vacation, holidays, compensatory time and other benefits to the date of
termination. However, the Board shall have no obligation to provi de the severance pay
pursuant to paragraph “c” of this Section.

Section 4. Voluntary Resignation.

The County Administrator may terminate this Agreement by giving written notice at least
three (3) months prior to the effective date of said resignation. The County Administrator
shall be entitled to receive all compensation payable under this Agreement to and including
the effective date of said resignation, and leave accruals, as listed in paragraph “c” of Section
7 of this Agreement. The Board may, in its sole discretion, waive any or all of this three (3)
months notice requirement.

Section 5. Salary

The annual base salary of the County Administrator for fiscal year July 1, 2008 to June 30,
2009 shall be $125,000, to be paid in accordance with the sta ndard policy of the Board
governing payment of professional staff members in the Gloucester County government. In
addition, the County Administrator’s annual compensation for the first year of the term of this
Agreement shall include the amount of $2,000.00 in deferred compensation which amount
may be adjusted at her discretion in subsequent years of this Agreement by the amount of
any reduction of her car allowance as provided in Section 6 below. The Board agrees to
award the County Administrator in July of each fiscal year cost of living increases, if any, in
the same amount as awarded to Gloucester County Employees generally. The annual salary
and deferred compensation of the County Administrator may be adjusted or increased for
any subsequent fiscal year during the term of this Agreement based on an annual
performance review prior to the end of the fiscal year. In lieu of or in addition to a salary
increase, the Board may provide a bonus to the County Administrator based on her annual
performance review. Any adjustments for subsequent years during the term of this
Agreement shall be in writing and shall be in the form of an amendment or addendum except
for the above mentioned cost of living increases.

Section 6. Automobile Allowance.

During the first year of the term of this Agreement the Board shall provide the County
Administrator an annual vehicle allowance of $8,000 for the use of her personal vehicle for
Gloucester County business. This shall be paid in equal monthly installments beginning on
the first day of this Agreement. However, for any renewal periods, the amount of this benefit
may be reduced provided that an amount equal to such reduced automobile allowance is
provided to County Administrator as an increase to her deferred compensation benefit. Such
change shall be in the discretion of the County Administrator.

Section 7. Annual and Sick Leave.

The County Administrator shall receive annual and sick leave and shall be entitled to
payment for accrued leave as follows:

      a. Annual Leave.
          Hours earned per month - 14
          Hours earned per year - 168
          Accrual limit - 480 hours
          Leave Balance granted as of August 6, 2008 - 80 hours

      b. Sick Leave.
          Hours earned per month - 8
          Accrual limit - no limit
          Leave Balance granted as of August 6, 2008 – 0 hours

      c. Leave Accrual Payout upon Separation.
           Annual leave - The County Administrator will receive payment for unused
             annual leave upon separation up to a maximum of 480 hours, whenever
             accrued, paid at the final base rate of pay.
           Sick leave - The County Administrator will receive payment for unused sick
             leave upon separation at a rate of five dollars per hour, except that in the event
             the County Administrator is terminated for cause, no payment for accrued sick
             leave shall be made.

Section 8. Hours of Work.

The County Administrator is expected to observe office hours similar to those of other
administration employees. It is recognized that the County Administrator will frequently be
required to work beyond normal office hours for night or week-end meetings and related

duties. In recognition of the fact that the County Administrator is expected to devote a
significant amount of time outside of normal office hours to the business of Gloucester
County, the County Administrator may, to the extent that her duties permit, take reasonable
discretion in varying observance of office hours; however, no accumulation of compensatory
time or monetary compensation is granted.

Section 9. Holidays and Other Miscellaneous Benefits.

The County Administrator shall be entitled to the same holidays and funeral, military, court,
workers compensation, emergency condition, discretionary and volunteer leave as other
fulltime Gloucester County employees.

Section 10. Health Insurance.

The Board agrees to pay the total premium for family hospitalization, medical insurance,
dental and vision insurance for the County Administrator and the County Administrator’s
family. Such insurance shall be that chosen by the County Administrator from among the
options offered to Gloucester County employees generally. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if
no such option for dental and vision insurance is offered to Gloucester County employees
generally, such insurance benefits shall not be provided to the County Administrator.

Section 11. Retirement and Life Insurance.

The Board shall pay the total Virginia Retirement System (VRS) contribution (employer and
employee share) and the total premium for VRS Group Term Life Insurance for the County

Section 12. Dues, Subscriptions and Professional Development.

       a. Dues and Subscriptions - The Board agrees to pay a reasonable amount for the
professional dues and subscriptions of the County Administrator necessary for her
continuation and full participation in VLGMA and ICMA and other national, state, and local
associations necessary and desirable for her continued professional participation, growth,
and advancement and for the good of Gloucester County following approval by the Board of
any estimated expenses the County Administrator proposes under this Section.

        b. Professional Development - The Board also agrees to pay the travel and related
expenses of the County Administrator for her professional development, professional training
and education, and to attend necessary official and other functions for the Board and
meetings of such other national, regional, state, and local groups, or committees thereof, on
which the County Administrator serves as a member, following approval by the Board of any
estimate of expenses the County Administrator proposes under this Section, such expenses
to include registration fees, travel and subsistence expenses in accordance with Gloucester
County travel policies. Such meetings would include the VLGMA Winter and Summer
Conferences, VACo annual conference, the ICMA annual conference and NACo annual
conference, provided that the expenses therefore are within the total amount budgeted as
provided in paragraph “c” of this Section.

      c. The total available for the expenses set forth in this section shall be set annually by
the Board in the operating budget based on and in consideration of the recommendation of
the County Administrator and the expenses for dues and subscriptions and professional
development in this Section are limited to such annual budgeted amount.

Section 13. Residency.

The County Administrator shall reside in Gloucester County during the term of this
Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing and in recognition of the current weak housing
market making it difficult to sell homes, the Board agrees that the County Administrator may
take up to a year to relocate her residence to Gloucester County, which date will be August
10, 2009. Failure to relocate in the time provided in this Section shall be good and sufficient
cause to terminate this Agreement and in that event, the Board shall have no obligation to
pay the severance compensation provided in paragraph “c” of Section 3 of this Agreement.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board may extend this period for good cause.

Section 14. Outside Employment or Activities.

The County Administrator may, with prior approval of the Board, undertake consultative work,
speaking engagements, writing, lecturing, or other professional activities for compensation so
long as such activities do not interfere with the duties required under this Agreement.

Section 15. Evaluation.

The Board shall review and evaluate the performance of the County Administrator at least
once annually before July 1 st. This review shall be in accordance with specific criteria
developed by the Board and the County Administrator. This criteria can be amended from
time to time based on changes to the expectations of the Board, after the County
Administrator has been informed of the proposed changes. Further, the Board shall provide
the County Administrator with a summary written statement of the evaluation and provide the
opportunity for the County Administrator to discuss this evaluation with the Board.

Section 16. Moving Expense Allowance.

The Board agrees to provide the County Administrator a moving allowance up to the amount
of $5,000.00.    The moving expenses shall be paid upon submittal by the County
Administrator of documentation of such expenses in a form acceptable to the Gloucester
County finance department.

Section 17. General Provisions.

        a.      The Board agrees to provide insurance or self-insurance coverage in matters
relating to the County Administrator’s official duties within the scope of employment, and legal
counsel for the County Administrator as is provided to all Gloucester County employees
generally in accordance with the Code of Virginia.

       b.     This Agreement is expressly subject to the laws of the Commonwealth of
Virginia and the regulations of Gloucester County.

      c.     This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Board and the
County Administrator and may be amended only by written agreement executed by them. If
any provision of this Agreement is held to be unconstitutional, invalid or unenforceable, the
remainder of the Agreement shall be severable and shall remain in full force and effect.

      d. This Agreement takes effect on August 5, 2008 provided that it has been duly
executed by the Chair, the County Administrator and attested to by the Deputy Clerk.

       IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors has caused
this Agreement to be executed on its behalf by its chair in accordance with action authorizing
such execution on August 5, 2008 and the County Administrator has executed this
Agreement, both in duplicate this date.

Executed this 5th day of August 2008.

                                        GLOUCESTER COUNTY BOARD
                                            OF SUPERVISORS


________________________          By:__________________________________
Deputy Clerk, Gloucester                     Teresa L. Altemus, Chair
County Board of Supervisors

                                             Brenda G. Garton
                                             County Administrator

Approved as to form:

Barbara M. Rose
Interim County Attorney

Enc.: Appendix A - Gloucester County Job Description - County Administrator

                                  Appendix A

                   JOB TITLE: COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR - PQ# 0103
                         COUNTY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

                            GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under minimal supervision, performs supervisory, administrative, and managerial work in the
administration of the County government. Work involves serving as the chief administrative
officer of County government; coordinating and directing County operations; managing
department heads and subordinate staff. Work also involves advising the Board of
Supervisors and preparing policy recommendations for consideration.           Employee is
responsible for receiving, investigating and resolving complaints/concerns from Board
member, County staff, and the general public. Employee must exercise considerable
initiative and independent judgment in all phases of work and tact and courtesy in frequent
contact with County employees, community groups, businesses, contractors, and the general
public. Reports to the Board of Supervisors.



Serves as chief administrative officer for the County; directs daily operations of the
government; receives and responds to directives and initiatives form Board of Supervisors;
prepares policy recommendations for Board consideration and approval; represents Board
before State and federal legislative bodies.

Prepares and administers County annual budget; participates and makes presentations in
budget hearings.

Plans, organizes, and directs all operations of the Administration Department; directs and
participates in the formulation and implementation of applicable department policies.

Recruits, interviews, hires and manages department's professional and cleri cal staff;
delegates responsibility for program activities to the Assistant County Administrator;
supervises and evaluates work of subordinate employees; ensures employees receive proper
training and orientation.

Responds orally and in writing to citizen inquiries and complaints; serves as a liaison
between citizens and Board of Supervisors.

Serves as Emergency Services Coordinator.

Represents the County at conferences, local meetings and public hearings; conducts
interviews with television, radio and print media.

Directs procurement of equipment by Central Purchasing.

Oversees the construction of new facilities; manages the Capital Improvement Plan; reviews
capital projects with developers, consultants, and agency officials; advises on pertinent
County policies and guidelines.


Assists in the preparation of Board of Supervisors' agenda packets.

Answers telephone and greets visitors.

Performs other related work as required.

                          MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Master's degree in business or public administration, planning, or a closely related field, and
6 to 9 years experience at a high management level with local government; or any equivalent
combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and

                                  SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Must become a resident of the County within a timeframe prescribed by the Board of


Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and
equipment including a computer, calculator, etc. Must be physically able exert up to 10
pounds of force occasionally and/or up to a negligible amount of force frequently or
constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting
most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable
functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from
obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to
convey or exchange information. Includes giving instructions, assignments and/or directions
to subordinates and assistants.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read manuals, codes, regulations, contracts,
specifications, drawings, charts, maps, graphs, bulletins, etc. Requires the ability to prepare
correspondence, reports, budgets, letters, memos, reports, spread sheets, agendas, etc.,
with the proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.

Requires the ability to be conversant in the theory, principles and met hods of effective and
persuasive speaking, voice and diction, phonetics, and discussion and debate.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define
problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive
variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; deal with several
abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow and gi ve
verbal and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively in a variety of
technical or professional languages including legal, accounting, and governmental

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; adding and
subtracting totals; multiplying and dividing; determining percentages and decimals;
understand and apply the theories of descriptive statistics and statistical inference.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and
shape, visually with office equipment and recording devices.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated
office equipment; to operate motor vehicles.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control
knobs, switches, etc. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving
instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under high levels of stress when confronted
with an emergency situation.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking - expressing or
exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)

                                PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Knowledge of Job: Has thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of business or
public administration as applied to County government. Has thorough knowledge of County
government organization and functions. Has thorough knowledge of modern practices and
principles of accounting and budgeting as applied to municipal government. Has considerable
knowledge of the current literature, trends and developments in the field of municipal
administration. Has considerable knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization and
administration. Is able to make administrative decisions independently and in accordance
with established laws, regulations and County policies and procedures. Is able to exercise
considerable initiative and independent judgment in analyzing and applying standards to a
variety of situations. Is able to effectively express ideas orally and in writing. Is able to work
independently and to apply knowledge to a variety of situations. Is able to analyze complex
organizational and administrative problems and to formulate, develop and present
recommendations for their solution. Is able to exercise tact, courtesy, firmness and fairness in
contact with department heads, Board of Supervisors, and the general public, and in the
application of regulations and guidelines. Is able to exercise considerable discretion in
handling confidential files and records. Is able to make oral presentations before large groups
of people. Is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by
work assignments.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and
responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that
occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interacts with all
County departments and divisions, co-workers and the general public.

Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as
described under "Specific Duties and Responsibilities."

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting deadlines.
Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, County
policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned
responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends work regularly and adheres to County policies and procedures
regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice with respect to vacation time
and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach
to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and
initiates proper and acceptable direction for completion of work with a minimum of
supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or
situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying
alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with
prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert
or experienced advice and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising

Cooperation: Accepts instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives
of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or
consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with County policy or
procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve
cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the County.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with Board of Supervisors and staff for
mutual and County benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all County
employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with
employees, and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the
general public so as to maintain good will toward the County and project a good County
image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other

departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the County. Interacts
effectively with fellow employees, Board of Supervisors, professionals and the general public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the
completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids
duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and
establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions and
discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated
schedules. Maintains a calendar for meetings, deadlines and events.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established
by the County and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated.
Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

Planning: Plans, directs and uses information effectively in order to enhance activities and
production of the County and works to see that these expectations are met. Designs and
formulates ways, means and timing to achieve the goals and objectives of the office and the
County. Within the constraints of County policy, formulates the appropriate strategy and
tactics for achieving office and County objectives. Organizes, arranges and allocates
manpower, financial and other designated resources in an efficient and effective way so as to
achieve the goals and objectives of the office and County.

Organizing: Organizes work and that of subordinate staff well. Ensures that staff members
know what results are expected of them and that they are regularly and appropriately
informed of all County and department matters affecting them and/or of concern to them.

Staffing: Works with other County officials to select and recommend employment of
personnel who are qualified both technically and philosophically to meet the needs of the
department and County. Directs the development and training of County personnel in order to
ensure that they are properly inducted, oriented and trained.

Leading: Provides a work environment which encourages clear and open communications.
Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of the principles of effec tive leadership and
how such principles are to be applied. Provides adequate feedback to staff so that they know
whether their performance levels are satisfactory. Commends and rewards employees for
outstanding performance yet does not hesitate to take disciplinary action when necessary.
Exercises enthusiasm in influencing and guiding others toward the achievement of County
goals and objectives.

Controlling: Provides a work environment which is orderly and controlled. Coordinates,
audits and controls human and financial resources efficiently and effectively. Coordinates,
audits and controls the utilization of materials and equipment efficiently and effectively. Has a
clear and comprehensive understanding of County standards, methods and procedures.

Delegating: Assigns additional duties to staff as necessary and/or appropriate in order to
meet County goals, enhance staff abilities, build confidence on the job and assist staff
members in personal growth. Has confidence in staff to meet new or additional expec tations.

Decision Making: Uses discretion and judgment in developing and implementing courses of
action affecting the County. When a particular policy, procedure or strategy does not appear
to be achieving the desired result, moves decisively and definitively to develop and
implement alternatives.

Creativity: Regularly seeks new and improved methodologies, policies and procedures for
enhancing the effectiveness of the office and County. Employs imagination and creativity in
the application of duties and responsibilities. Is not adverse to change.

Human Relations: Strives to develop and maintain good rapport with all staff members.
Listens to and considers suggestions and complaints and responds appropriately. Maintains
the respect and loyalty of staff.

Policy Implementation: Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of federal, state, and
county policies regarding County administration. Adheres to those policies in the discharge of
duties and responsibilities and ensures the same from subordinate staff.

Policy Formulation: Keeps abreast of changes in operating philosophies and policies of the
County and continually reviews department and County policies in order to ensure that any
changes in County philosophy or practice are appropriately incorporated. Also understands
the relationship between operating policies and practices and department morale and
performance. Works to see that established policies enhance same.


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