Dale Wagoner to serve as new Henry County administrator starting in July 2022

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The Henry County Board of Supervisors appointed Deputy County Administrator Dale Wagoner as county administrator, effective July 1, 2022. (Photo: Courtesy Henry County)

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Just three days after Tim Hall — the Henry County administrator and Public Service Authority (PSA) general manager — announced his plans to retire next summer, Henry County officials shared the name of Hall’s replacement as county administrator.

According to a statement released on Friday, Dec. 17, the Henry County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Dale Wagoner as the next county administrator during the monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, the same day that Hall announced his retirement.

Henry County officials say that Wagoner has served as deputy county administrator and assistant general manager of the Public Service Authority (PSA) since September 2012.

“Mr. Wagoner’s knowledge, work ethic and integrity, along with his experience and leadership capability, make him an ideal fit for the position of County Administrator,” said Jim Adams, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. “He will do an outstanding job for the Board and for the people of Henry County.”

Officials tell WFXR News that Wagoner began his career with Henry County as a Public Safety intern in 1992 before being promoted to EMS training coordinator later that year and then EMS coordinator in 1995. After that, Wagoner went on to serve as deputy director of Public Safety from 1996 to 2007, with a brief stint as the interim Human Resources director in 2003. He was then named the Public Safety director in 2007, a position he held until becoming deputy county administrator in 2012.

In addition to his time with Henry County, Wagoner has also held teaching positions at Patrick & Henry Community College, National Business College, Carilion Clinic, and SOVAH Health Martinsville, according to Friday’s statement.

Among his numerous positions, he has served as the president and board chairman of the United Way of Martinsville-Henry County, as the president of the Board of Directors for the Martinsville/Henry County 911 Communications Center, and as a life member of the Bassett Rescue Squad, officials say.

In addition, Wagoner reportedly received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services — which is the most prestigious EMS award in Virginia — in 2012.

“This is home to me and I am humbled for the opportunity to continue to be of service to my community in this new role,” Wagoner said. “There will undoubtedly be some tough hurdles for the County in the coming months but we have assembled a fantastic team here and I look forward to guiding them with the same steady hand of leadership of which they are accustomed.”

According to officials, Wagoner graduated from Bassett High School before going on to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Ferrum College in 1993, followed by a Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech in 2002.

In addition, Wagoner completed The Rocky Mount Program at the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, as well as the L.E.A.D. program at the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the LEAD Virginia Program, Henry County says.

Upon Wagoner’s appointment as county administrator, the Board of Supervisors reportedly recommended that Adams engage in discussions with the PSA Board of Directors about continuing to share the position of General Manager of the PSA like Hall did.

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