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Posted on: August 25, 2022

Jo Ann Hunter named new Hanover Senior Director of Community Development

Jo Ann Hunter

Hanover County Administrator, John A. Budesky, is proud to announce the appointment of Jo Ann Hunter as the new Senior Director of Community Development. Hunter brings with her over 20 years of experience in local government, leadership, and community development. She has served in Hanover County, the Town of Ashland, and Henrico County.  

She currently serves as the Deputy County Administrator in Goochland County where she has been since 2013. She oversees the functions of the Departments of Community Development, Economic Development, Public Utilities, and the Customer Service Center. 

Hunter has a Masters in Urban Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Hunter will oversee Hanover County’s Planning, Zoning, and Building Inspection departments and is expected to begin working with the County on September 1, 2022.  

“I am excited to have Jo Ann join our county team,” Budesky said. “She will bring a wealth of experience and leadership to our Community Development department. She is well known as a regional leader and highly values citizen engagement throughout planning and policy development processes. Her experience, education, and demonstrated successes will be an asset as we continue to work on Hanover County’s Comprehensive Plan update over the next 18 months and beyond.”

“I would first like to thank the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, Administration, and citizens for the opportunity to serve them as their Senior Director of Community Development,” Hunter said. “I thoroughly enjoy serving the public and have a strong passion for all aspects of Community Development.  I look forward to utilizing my skills and experience to best serve the citizens of Hanover!”

Hunter is a resident of Ashland. 

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