Roanoke County Administrator Dan O’Donnell ready to retire in 2022

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Dan O’Donnell is set to retire as Roanoke County Administrator on Feb. 1, 2022. (Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — After serving Roanoke County for more than two decades, Administrator Dan O’Donnell announced Monday plans to retire next February.

“Working alongside our dedicated employees has been rewarding and we have accomplished so much, together, for the betterment of our community,” said O’Donnell. “I am honored to have had the support of the Board of Supervisors and privileged to serve the citizens as their administrator. I’m now looking forward to the next phase of my life.”

According to a statement shared by Roanoke County on Monday, Aug. 23, O’Donnell has worked in public management for 35 years. That career includes more than 21 years of service in Roanoke County, where he started as an Assistant County Administrator in 2000 before being appointed County Administrator in 2019.

Before coming to the Roanoke Valley, though, O’Donnell served as administrator for counties in New York and West Virginia.

During his tenure, officials say O’Donnell accomplished the following:

  • He oversaw development of the County’s first-ever Community Strategic Plan to guide policy, budget decisions, and service delivery choices.
  • He served as the project manager for the $30 million Green Ridge Recreation Center and the $28 million Public Safety Center construction projects.
  • He has overseen the passage of the first compensation study and step pay plan for public safety personnel in order to recruit and retain talented employees.
  • He has led Roanoke County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dan has been a tremendous asset for Roanoke County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jason Peters. “He has helped shape the strategic direction of the County and led through some very challenging times. His leadership and guidance are greatly appreciated and we hope he enjoys a well-deserved retirement.”

Officials say O’Donnell notified the Board of Supervisors of his intent to retire effective Feb. 1, 2022. The board will determine the next steps in hiring a new Roanoke County Administrator.

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