Madison County Supervisors are once again seeking an administrator.
Last week, the board formally accepted the retirement of current county administrator Jack Hobbs. Hobbs notified supervisors of his intent to retire via hand-delivered letter May 5. The notification came one week after assistant county administrator Mary Jane Costello’s last day with the county April 28. The abrupt end of her tenure followed the board of supervisors’ meeting April 27 during which Costello was present and discussed her department’s July 1 move into 414 N. Main Street, which is currently under construction. That meeting, like numerous others for more than a year, included a closed session “for the discussion on the assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining or resignation of the county administrator.” According to minutes from the meeting, no action was taken as a result of the closed session.
In Hobbs’ letter, he said he’s enjoyed working with elected officials, committee members, volunteers, employees and friends of the county and as a group, “they are Madison County’s greatest asset.” He said he hopes like them, he’s helped Madison become a better community. He also said he was grateful for the “many gracious expressions of professional assistance and personal courtesy directed to my family and me by the folks in the county.”
Hobbs asked to remain on the job until July 6, after which time he’s use his accrued terminal leave it runs out at the end of October. After that time, his formal employment with the county would end and his VRS retirement would begin.
“In closing, I thank all current and former members of the board for the trust and support I have been honored to receive during my time as a public servant to residents of Madison County,” he said. “I will be leaving with sincere best wishes for both Madison County and all of the good people who live and work in it.”
According to board of supervisors chairman Clay Jackson, the board has agreed to Hobbs’ request to remain until July 6. Jackson he’s unsure if the county will name an interim administrator as it did when former county administrator Ernie Hoch left. County resident Bill Tidball served as the interim administrator following Hoch’s departure until former county administrator Dan Campbell was hired in July 2015. Campbell retired Sept. 1, 2017 and was replaced by Hobbs as the county’s fifth county administrator.
Jackson said the county is already advertising for the administrator position and will begin considering applications June 9. Costello’s assistant administrator position has been reworked into a director of finance position, the job she was originally hired to fill before the administrator duties were added, and is also being advertised. Listings for both open positions are available online at https://www.madisonco.virginia.gov/jobs.
Meanwhile, a consultant, or clerk of the works, has been hired to handle the county’s transition to Tyler Technologies’ Munis software. Costello was heading the transition.