HISTORIC TRIANGLE — “Ten Questions with” is a series that allows readers to get to know local business leaders, volunteers and community members in the Historic Triangle.
This week, meet Scott Stevens.
What is your job title and description?
County Administrator for James City County (JCC).
The County Administrator is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and provides leadership and administration of the day-to-day operations of the County. As the Chief Executive Officer, the County Administrator is responsible for developing the annual budget and carrying out policies and laws which are reviewed and approved by the Board. The County Administrator directs business and administrative policies and recommends to the Board policies and procedures that will properly govern the County.
Who do you interact/work with on a regular basis?
I work for the James City County Board of Supervisors, so I have regular interaction with each of them and the County’s executive leadership. It is difficult to talk with employees on a regular basis because we are spread throughout the county, but I recognize that they are critical to us meeting the needs of our community and that each of them brings value to the organization. I prioritize time with employees to thank them for their service, ask how they are doing and provide an opportunity for questions or suggestions. I have frequent interaction with residents of James City County, sometimes related to specific situations, but often just conversation to help us both see the other’s point of view. I regularly
interact with other elected officials, city managers, county administrators, community leaders and other agencies from across Hampton Roads.
How do you/your organization interact with the local community?
The County has a variety of ways in which we interact with the local community. First, we have more than 20 boards and commissions where community members can volunteer their time to provide recommendations to our Board of Supervisors in a variety of areas. The meetings of these boards and commissions are public and many have public comment opportunities. We host public meetings on budget, items of community interest, various planning initiatives and community activities hosted by our departments. We volunteer to speak to civic clubs, homeowners’ associations, or community interest groups upon request. Many of our staff members have regular interaction with our residents related to
the services and programs provided by the County. In addition to our in-person contact, we provide news releases and have an active social media presence to share information we believe to be of interest to community members.
What is something about your job most people wouldn’t know about?
We spend a lot of time preparing for questions from the public that may never be asked.
How can the local community become involved/interact best with JCC County officials?
We regularly attend community events to show our support and provide opportunities for residents to get to know us. If you have a specific question, suggestion, or concern, visit jamescitycountyva.gov or call 757-253-6728 to find out who handles the issue that you are interested in discussing. If residents want to participate in a more formal role, we are always looking for volunteers to serve on one of our boards and commissions. You can review the opportunities that are available and apply for those that interest you by searching “boards and commissions” on our website.
How do you define success?
In simple terms, it is ensuring that I understand the issue being discussed well enough to find a solution that provides an outcome that is fair to all involved.
What is your most successful accomplishment to date?
In my job, success comes from team efforts. I have been fortunate to work with some very talented individuals and in supporting them, we have provided exceptional community outcomes.
How long have you lived in the Historic Triangle? What is your favorite part of living here?
We have lived in the Historic Triangle for five years, but I grew up visiting my grandparents who lived in York County. My favorite part of living and working in a place that I have visited all my life has been meeting those involved in making the Historic Triangle such a great place. I have a much better understanding of the regional efforts to share information and work together. There are a lot of individuals and agencies who work to ensure that we have an exceptional quality of life.
What do you do for downtime/to relax?
I enjoy being active and spending time with my family and friends. That might include projects around the house, boating, traveling, walking, or playing games. My wife and I enjoy sitting on our porch and talking with our neighbors. We enjoy traveling and often take short trips on weekends.
What is the next step in your journey?
I have been extremely fortunate in my career to have had great opportunities available where I could grow professionally. I would anticipate that my next step will be learning to slow down a bit and transition into retirement. I hope that transition is many years away as I am still excited and honored to serve as the James City County Administrator.