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Regional commission names new chief

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission announced on Thursday that Brandon Davis is its new executive director.

The 32-year-old is filling the void left by Martha Shickle, who resigned in December for a job in Richmond.

"I knew the executive director well, and I knew the quality of the individuals that serve there now and the fiscal position of the organization," Davis said, regarding his decision to take the job. "It was a win-win situation for everyone."

Davis' first day on the regional commission will be Feb. 8, and he will earn a starting salary of $87,500.

He will be responsible for the commissionís general operations, strategic planning and program development.

"We had selected questions that we asked all three of the people that we interviewed, and he very much excelled with his answers and gave exactly what the executive committee was looking for as far the future of this commission," said Interim Director Michelle Owens, regarding the hiring process.

Owens said Davis' experience in local government also made him stand out as a candidate. He is currently director of community development for Shenandoah County, where he has worked since 2008.

Davis told Byrd Newspapers on Friday that he will still be able to serve Shenandoah County, albeit at the regional level. He said solving regional issues — particularly fiscal challenges — eases the burden for local government.

"We are thrilled to have Brandon in this regional leadership role where I am confident he will be a major asset to the commission and to every member locality," Dennis Morris, the commissionís chairman, said in a press release.

He holds a bachelorís degree from James Madison University in public administration, a masterís degree in business administration from Liberty University, as well as a Certified Local Government Managerís graduate certificate from Virginia Tech.

The regional commission facilitates programs in hazard-mitigation planning, housing and community development, natural resources and transportation in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Mary T. Price, county administrator for Shenandoah County, said in a press release that Davis has been a significant asset to the county government and the citizens.

"While he will be missed, he will still be in a position to serve the greater Shenandoah County community," Price said.

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