Clarke County Names New County Administrator
BERRYVILLE, VA (Oct. 15, 2019) Clarke County Board of Supervisors announced today that Chris Boies has accepted the position of County Administrator. He will become Clarke’s third County Administrator.
Earlier this year, current County Administrator David Ash announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31, 2020. He began his career with the county in February 1991. Clarke’s first county administrator, G. Robert Lee, worked for the county for 13 years.
Boies, 38, began his career in local government administration, serving first as director of planning and zoning for Shenandoah County and then as town manager of New Market. Most recently, he was assistant vice president of business services of facilities at George Mason University. Previously, he was vice president of finance and administrative services at Lord Fairfax Community College.
Boies earned his undergraduate degrees from Lord Fairfax Community College and James Madison University, where he also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration. Boies earned his Doctor of Education in Administrative Leadership from Shenandoah University in 2017.
“I am honored and humbled that the Board of Supervisors has entrusted me with this responsibility as their next County Administrator,” Boies said. “Clarke County is a special place, and I look forward to serving the residents of this great county. Mr. Ash leaves some very big shoes to fill, but I am excited to work with the staff, constitutional officers, and other stakeholders to make Clarke County a great place to live, work, learn, and recreate.”
Clarke County Board of Supervisors chair David Weiss said, “Chris is familiar with the community and the Shenandoah Valley. He brings local government experience from both a rural, agricultural county and a small community. He also provides a wealth of knowledge from his experiences at the community college and university. We believe he is the right fit for our county.”
Clarke County operates under a traditional elected Board of Supervisors form of government with the County Administrator responsible for day-to-day operations, policy implementation, and future planning. The County Administrator manages several county departments with a total 37 full-time employees and 17 part-time employees.
Chris Boies begins working for Clarke County on Dec. 2. His salary is $142,000.