York County Hires New Administrator

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Neil Morgan (Courtesy York County)
Neil Morgan (Courtesy York County)

A former Newport News city manager has been hired to fill the role of York County administrator.

Neil A. Morgan will begin his new role overseeing county policies, strategic planning and implementation of programs and services June 15, according to a news release from the county.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to become a part of a local government team with an outstanding reputation throughout the Commonwealth and beyond,” Morgan said.

A University of Virginia and West Virginia University graduate, Morgan worked in various management and planning positions in Newport News before serving as city manager from 2009 to 2013, when he retired.

He currently serves as senior fellow for the Virginia Tech Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement in Roanoke.

“I think we are very fortunate and very happy with our new administrator,” York County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Shepperd Jr. said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to York County and he will be very helpful and useful to the county as we move forward into the future.”

Shepperd said Morgan’s “extensive understanding of the issues in Hampton Roads” would ensure his success as county administrator.

More than 100 people applied for the position, and the Board of Supervisors interviewed five candidates during a daylong meeting Friday.

Morgan, a Newport News native, spent his career as Newport News city manager implementing projects such as the 311 Information Center, partnering with Newport News Shipbuilding on the new Apprentice School Project, redeveloping the lower Jefferson Avenue corridor and improving the upper Warwick Boulevard corridor, a 2013 news release from the city announcing his retirement states.

Mark Carter has been serving as Interim County Administrator since the death of James “Mac” McReynolds — the county’s longest serving administrator — in October.

Carter will return to his former role as assistant county administrator on June 15.

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