Frederick Presley was appointed as Stafford County’s administrator last Friday by the Board of Supervisors.

Presley, who serves as Stafford’s deputy administrator, will assume his new role on July 1, replacing outgoing County Administrator Tom Foley, who is retiring following over 30 years of public service.

Upon his retirement, Foley, who has served as county administrator for the last three years, will settle in Albemarle County.

Before assuming his position in Stafford in 2017, Presley served as town manager of West Warwick, R.I. He was also that town’s director of planning and economic development. Presley previously ran a management and organizational development consulting firm and served as an enlisted soldier in the United States Army.

Presley earned a master’s degree in public administration from Vermont’s Norwich University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in resource development from the University of Rhode Island.

Presley’s duties as county administrator will include overseeing all county departments, as well as managing the daily operations of Stafford’s local government.

Mike Smith, who also currently serves as a deputy county administrator, will remain in his role.

James Scott Baron: 540-374-5438

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