Brannon Godfrey hired as Warrenton town manager
J. Brannon Godfrey Jr., 50, was hired Thursday night to be the next town manager of Warrenton.
Town Council unanimously voted at a special meeting to hire Godfrey, who was tapped to serve as interim town manager in Portsmouth, Va., in April of this year after joining the city as deputy manager in September 2009.
Godfrey will be paid $150,000 through June 30, 2017 along with a monthly alllowance, individual health benefits and moving expenses. He will start Oct. 5.
Warrenton has been served by two interim town managers since Ken McLawhon left the job last December.
Mayor Powell Duggan called Godfrey “extremely capable and very experienced. He wants to become part of the fabric of Warrenton. I think he will be very successful and will be here for years to come.”
Godfrey told the Fauquier Times that he was looking forward to returning to this area. “It is a great region, the Northern Piedmont region. In Culpeper, I had a wonderful experience there. This was an opportunity to get back to my professional roots.”
Asked about the challenges he faces in Warrenton, including the town budget and water and sewer service, he said they are the two biggest challenges.
“I see my role as evaluating options for council and bringing recommendations to them,” he said.
“How much service can we continue to provide at a level to pay for them,” he said of the budget. And the available sewer capacity is “very limited. It's a challenge for economic development.”
But he said is looking forward to moving to Warrenton and the work ahead.
Godfrey is married and has two college-age sons.
As deputy town manager in Portsmouth he led the human services departments of health services, libraries, museums, parks and recreation, and social services, according to a Portsmouth city news release issued at the time of his hiring in 2009.
Before Portsmouth, Godfrey was the city manager in Winchester for 11/2 years. He established a staff “green team” there to implement energy savings in addition to initiating a graffiti abatement incentive program and a vacant building rehabilitation program, according to the Portsmouth news release.
From August 2001 to December 2007 he was town manager in Culpeper. It was during his time there that the town renovated and re-purposed a train depot, turning it into a conference center and received a $1 million streetscape and entryways grant.
He was city manager of Emporia, Va., from July 1995 to July 2001.
Godfrey was town manager in Brandon, Vt., for three years in the 1990s. He served as assistant to the city manager in Goldsboro, N.C. for nearly three years until June 1992.
His Linked In profile also says he worked as a management intern in Rock Hill, S.C. for a little over a year in the 1980s.
Godfrey earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Virginia in 1987.
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