Roanoke County Board of Supervisors appoints new county administrator

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The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to appoint the current Assistant County Administrator Richard L. Caywood as county administrator, effective Feb. 1, 2022. (Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — During Tuesday’s meeting, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided to appoint Richard L. Caywood as the new county administrator.

Roanoke County officials say the Board of Supervisors conducted a national search for the new county administrator, with some help from The Berkley Group out of Bridgewater.

“While we conducted a national search, we were delighted to find the right person for this position within the County organization. Richard has been an important part of many significant initiatives, both completed and currently underway,” said Board Chair Jason Peters. “He has proven himself time and again and we believe that he will provide continuity and stability during this important time for Roanoke County and the region. The Board looks forward to working with Richard to further improve the county organization and its services.”

According to officials, Caywood has served as Roanoke County’s assistant county administrator since March 2013. His management responsibilities have covered a wide range of county operations, including public safety, social services, community planning and development, libraries, and parks, recreation, and tourism.

“It is my privilege to continue my service to the residents of Roanoke County as their next administrator,” said Caywood. “I share the Board’s vision to drive responsible growth and prosperity while preserving the outstanding natural assets that cause so many of us to call Roanoke County home. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board, citizens and an outstanding team of dedicated County employees to achieve this vision. I believe there is much we can accomplish when we work together for a common goal.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Roanoke County shared Caywood’s numerous qualifications for the position, which are listed below:

  • Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech
  • Has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia since 1999
  • Has been an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager since 2017
  • Named the Marcia Mashaw Memorial Award (Assistant of the Year) recipient by the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) in 2017
  • Served on the VLGMA Executive Committee from 2017 to 2020
  • Completed the Senior Executive Institute conducted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia in 2019

Before joining Roanoke County, officials say Caywood spent 20 years with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in various administrative roles.

Since coming to Roanoke County, Caywood has served as project manager for major capital improvement projects — such as the construction of the new Vinton Library, the North County water tower, and the full renovation of the Department of Social Services building — as well as the county’s staff lead for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project, according to Tuesday’s statement.

Officials say Caywood currently represents Roanoke County on agency boards and commissions, including the following:

  • Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization
  • Blue Ridge Behavioral Health Care
  • Regional Court Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Regional Drug Court Advisory Board
  • Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection
  • Roanoke Valley Regional Detention Center Commission
  • South Peak Community Development Authority

Caywood, his wife, and their two sons have reportedly lived in Roanoke County since 2004. Their older son will commission as a second lieutenant in the Army after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in May 2022. Meanwhile, their younger son is a sophomore in high school.

On Feb. 1, 2022, Caywood is set to officially replace Daniel R. O’Donnell, who is retiring after three years as county administrator and 19 years as assistant county administrator.

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