County administrator appointed

Published 9:36 am Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Daniel N. Witt has been appointed to serve as the new county administrator of Charlotte County.

Witt will officially begin in his new role September 24.

Daniel N. Witt

The announcement was made during the September meeting of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors.

“Daniel Witt comes to us from Altavista,” said Red House/Cullen Supervisor Nancy Carwile. “… this was a terrifying experience for us … we got the Berkeley Group to go through the applications … it was a long process.”

“Thank you for this opportunity to serve the County of Charlotte,” said Witt.

He said he looks forward working with the Board of Supervisors to move the county forward.

“I look forward to getting to know the staff and to working with them,” said Witt.

Carwile said throughout the process, interviews were conducted and prospects took a tour of the county.

“We selected Mr. Witt and he has selected us …” said Carwile.

According to his resume, Witt previously served as Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Altavista.

Carwile said Witt has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, graduating in May 2002 from Virginia Tech.

Carwile said what stood out to her on his resume was Witt works with the citizens to resolve general concerns or problems, as well as problems with town operations and responsibilities.

“We have four towns in this county and we have to work with them on a lot of things,” she said.

She said Witt has also been a zoning administrator and that was one of the tasks previous Charlotte County Administrator R.B. Clark was responsible for.

Additionally, he has had the training for the board of zoning appeals, completed training as a safety program coordinator, worked on the personnel policy handbook and worked in developing a canoe launch site on the Staunton River among other accomplishments, according to Carwile.

Personally, Witt is interested in hunting safety.

“I think that’s going to be an asset to the county as well …” said Carwile.

“… I look very much forward to working with the citizens of Charlotte County. I enjoy so much working with citizens to solve problems and this is a great opportunity for me,” said Witt.

According to the administrator’s employment agreement, “the administrator shall maintain his residence within the boundaries of the County and is granted until April 1, 2019 to become a resident of Charlotte County. The Board of Supervisors may grant an extension to this deadline.”

Throughout the process, the Berkeley Group Search Firm based out of Bridgewater assisted the county.

The Berkeley Group’s Executive Manager L. Kimball Payne, III said he wanted to thank the board for the opportunity to work together.

“I wish you the best of luck in the future …” he said.

He said the group would check in occasionally throughout the duration of the contract for performance evaluations.

The search for a new county administrator began shortly after 37 year veteran R.B. Clark announced he would seek retirement June 30, 2018.