Orange County Insight October 2021

Change is in the Air

In August I mentioned in my Ted Talk that we ’ d be developing our Game Plan for organizational excellence. The plan is ready to present and is scheduled for the November 17th Board of Supervisors meeting. Meanwhile, here are

a few things already underway:

This week we launched our second Employee Engagement Survey designed to better understand what employees are thinking and how well they are connected to the organization and its mission. You may recall we implemented several initiatives from employee feedback last survey, so please take a moment to respond to this year ’ s survey. Look for an email from Energage, our third - party administrator, with a link for our 2021 employee engagement survey! Organizational Structure is important for alignment and accountability. With the announcement of Kurt Hildebrand ’ s retirement at the end of November, I am pleased to announce that Stephanie Straub will begin serving as Acting Assistant County Administrator beginning in November while Kurt closes out his projects. Stephanie will assume the regular role December 1st. At that time, Glenda Bradley will also be elevated to Deputy County Administrator in recognition of her experience and serving as the primary Acting County Administrator. This will mark the elimination of the Management Services department/function as well. A few other portfolio tweaks are in the works as we work through these changes, so stay tuned. Please offer your support and congratulations to Kurt upon his pending retirement and to Glenda and Stephanie for their continued service.

- Ted Voorhees, County Administrator

Cover photo courtesy of Market at Grelen, Somerset Virginia

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