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County Executive Bob Tucker Announces Retirement Effective December 31

Albemarle County Executive Bob Tucker today announced his retirement from the County effective December 31, 2010.  Tucker makes his announcement after 41 years of public service, 37 of which have been with the County of Albemarle and 20 of those years as County Executive.

Tucker started with Albemarle County on August 1, 1973, and began his career in the Planning Department.  In 1983, he joined county administration as the deputy County Executive, and in 1991, became the County Executive.

“It has been an honor to serve Albemarle County’s citizens for the past 37 years, and I am particularly grateful to the dedicated and professional county employees and members of the Board of Supervisors that I have worked with since 1973,” said Tucker in announcing his retirement.   “I am proud of what we have accomplished together for our community and I appreciate the support and partnership I have received from a wide variety of colleagues during my tenure with the County.”

Tucker came to the County in 1973 after serving as a senior planner for the Southwest Georgia   Planning and Development Commission.  Tucker is the 9th County Executive to serve as Albemarle’s Chief Executive and is its longest serving County Executive, which has provided vital continuity and consistency to local government operations for the last two decades.

During his lengthy and very successful tenure with the County, Tucker led Albemarle to achieving a AAA bond rating from Moody’s Investor Service in 2003 when Albemarle was the smallest county in the country to achieve that distinction.  Just last week the County received a AAA rating from Standards and Poor’s, placing Albemarle among fewer than 90 counties nationwide to receive a double AAA rating.  Both of those internationally recognized, well-respected agencies specifically named strong financial management and leadership from the County Executive as a key factor in awarding the highest possible rating to Albemarle County.

“We have been very fortunate to have Bob leading this organization with his steady hand and experienced perspective for so many years, especially as we have faced challenging economic times that he has guided us through successfully,” said Board of Supervisor member Dennis Rooker.  “He has skillfully managed a complex organization and met diverse community needs and challenges while continuing to encourage organizational excellence and efficiency.  The leadership provided by Bob has enabled the County to become one of the most respected and financially sound governmental units in the country.”

Tucker’s tenure both as Planning Director and County Executive also resulted in significant advances in quality of life initiatives including the concept of defined development areas for growth management and innovative approaches to rural area preservation including the Acquisition of Conservation Easements, or ACE, program.

As County Executive, Tucker has served on a variety of regional boards and commissions that have helped create strong and effective partnerships among neighboring jurisdictions including the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, Emergency Communications Center, Regional Airport Authority Board, the Chamber of Commerce and the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development among many others.
The Board of Supervisors is responsible for the hiring of Tucker’s successor and will be providing more information following next week’s Board meeting.

Tucker’s many accomplishments have left a significant stamp on the county and region.  Some particular highlights of his career with Albemarle include:

  • Greatly expanded the County’s parks and recreation facilities including Darden Towe Park, Walnut Creek Park and Preddy Creek 
  • Contributed significantly to the future vision of the county by managing all Comprehensive Plan updates with exception of the first one in 1971
  • As Planning Director, oversaw the 1980 Comprehensive  Zoning Ordinance that laid the groundwork for many of the County’s successful land use planning initiatives
  • Led the organization to make great strides in green government including Energy Star designation for the County Office Building and being named a Green Government by the Virginia Municipal League
  • Partnered with the County School Division to bring significant new school facilities to the community including  Meriwether Lewis Elementary , Cale Elementary, Crozet Elementary, Agnor Hurt Elementary, Sutherland Middle School, Monticello High School and Baker-Butler Elementary 
  • Managed the purchase of the COB 5th Street Bldg, saving the County over $7 million in future anticipated building expansion
  • Provided leadership for critical community facilities and transportation infrastructure projects to support and protect the county including the Monticello and Hollymead Fire stations, expansion of the regional airport, Regional Jail expansion, Crozet Park Pool,  Berkmar Drive extension and the Mill Creek Road connector

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