Hanover County’s new Administrator, John A. Budesky, has begun service in his new position. Budesky, who had been Goochland County Administrator, succeeds the retired Cecil R. “Rhu” Harris, Jr. Budesky was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in March.
As County Administrator, Budesky serves as the County government’s chief executive officer. He reports directly to the Board and is responsible for departments other than the County Attorney, who also reports directly to the Board; and the constitutional officers (Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Commissioner of the Revenue and Treasurer) who are elected by the citizens. He directly supervises the departments of Human Resources and Economic Development.
Prior to being hired as Goochland County Administrator in 2016, Budesky was a Deputy County Administrator in Hanover. As Deputy County Administrator, he was responsible for finance and management services, including budget, accounting, purchasing and payroll. He also supervised information technologies, internal audit, assessment, general services and public information.
He is a Hanover County resident.
Budesky’s earlier public employment included service as City Manager of the City of Manassas; Executive Director of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission; and County Administrator in New Kent County. He started his local government management career in 1997 in Hagerstown, MD, serving as a county department head and then as assistant city manager.
Budesky has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA), a member of the board of directors of Leadership Metro Richmond, and an adjunct instructor in the Local Government Certificate and Masters of Public Administration programs at Virginia Tech.