In 1934, exactly 300 years after its establishment as one of the eight original shires in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Henrico became the only Virginia locality to adopt the county manager form of government. The Board of Supervisors is the policy-making body of the County. The Board annually elects a chairman who presides at each board meeting and serves as the political head of County government for all official functions and ceremonial purposes.

The administrative head of the county is the county manager. The county manager is a full-time employee appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves at the pleasure of the Board. The duties of the county manager are to carry out the policies determined by the Board, to coordinate the business affairs of the County by installation and enforcement of administrative procedures, and to conduct the day-to-day business operations through a staff of professional administrators. This position has no definite term and the manager may be removed by a majority vote of the Board at any time.

The formal portraits of individuals who have served as county manager since 1934 are on display at the Government Center in the lobby of the Board Room, where the Board of Supervisors holds its semimonthly meetings. Copies of the portraits are shown below. The present county manager is shown in color.

Willard F. Day

Willard F. Day
1934 – 1940

Sterry J. Mahaffey

Sterry J. Mahaffey
1941 – 1943

Carlton C. Massey

Carlton C. Massey
1943 – 1952

 

Edward A. Beck

Edward A. Beck
1952 – 1977

Frank A. Faison

Frank A. Faison
1978 – 1984

William F. LaVecchia

William F.
LaVecchia,
P.E., AICP

1984 – 1992

 

Virgil R. Hazelett

Virgil R. Hazelett, P.E.
1992 – 2013

John A. Vithoulkas

John A. Vithoulkas
2013 – present