Orange County Insight March 2021

Orange County Welcomes Two New Department Directors

Orange County is pleased to announce the employment of two new directors, Jenny Carpenter, as Human Resources Director effective February 22, 2021. and Josh Gillespie, AICP as Director of Planning and Development Services effective March 8, 2021.

Jenny Carpenter, an Orange County native, holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from Liberty University and brings over eight (8) years of human resource experience including payroll, benefits

administration, recruitment, employee relations, and employee development. She earned her undergraduate degree at Old Dominion University and obtained her Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resources Management. As Director of Human Resources for Teachstone Training, Carpenter not only ran the human resources department but also lead the company ’ s move to a digital platform for payroll, benefits, and human resources administration. “ Orange County is excited to have Mrs. Carpenter join our team, ” Theodore L. Voorhees, County Administrator, noted. “ She brings many

years of progressive human resources leadership to our organization along with a vibrant commitment to employee development and community service. ” Carpenter said she is privileged to have the opportunity to serve Orange County and to continue her commitment to helping make Orange County a great place to work and live.

Josh Gillespie, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, brings over twenty - five (25) years of progressive planning and land use experience to Orange County. He received his undergraduate education from Furman University and completed courses towards a Masters of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. Gillespie has worked for the public and in private practice. Most recently, in his position of Planning and Special Projects Manager for Chesterfield County, Gillespie managed planning and zoning projects, worked on residential and conditional use proposals, policy amendments, strategic planning, and led inter - agency reviews of large mixed - use projects. “ Orange County is pleased to welcome Mr. Gillespie to our team, ” Theodore L. Voorhees, County

Administrator, noted. “ He brings with him many years of planning experience and has a passion for implementing focused development that values community character. ” Gillespie said he is privileged to have the opportunity to serve Orange County and looks forward to working with staff, Boards, and Commissions on planning and development projects.

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