Roanoke County administrator Tom Gates announces resignation

By  | 

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The man who has served as Roanoke County Administrator for four years has announced plans to step down.

Tom Gates made the announcement Wednesday, according to a release from the county, and his resignation is effective January 4, 2019.

In a letter to Roanoke County Board Chair Martha Hooker, and the Board of Supervisors, Gates wrote in part “after four years as Roanoke County Administrator and nearly 34 years working for local governments, it is time for me to consider new opportunities,” according to the press release.

You can read the county's full release below:

Today, Roanoke County Administrator Tom Gates announced his
resignation from his position, effective January 4, 2019.

In his resignation letter to Roanoke County Board Chair Martha Hooker and the County Board of Supervisors, Gates stated that “after four years as Roanoke County Administrator and nearly 34 years working for local governments, it is time for me to consider new opportunities. I look forward to exploring how I might continue to be of service to my community. I also look forward to having some time to consider the possibilities.”

Board of Supervisors Chair Martha Hooker thanked Gates for his service to the citizens of Roanoke County and noted that Gates has “been a strong leader and dedicated public servant.

He leaves the County with an impressive record of accomplishments, none more important than his work to develop Roanoke County Government into the efficient, effective service‐oriented organization that it is today. We wish Tom well in his new endeavors and we have no doubt that he will be successful in whatever future pursuits he may choose.”

Gates began his service as County Administrator December 29, 2014.