Henrico County has appointed Eric S. Leabough to serve as director of the Department of Community Revitalization, effective Aug. 17.
He has worked as a housing specialist in the County Manager’s Office since June 2018, coordinating efforts with Community Revitalization to strengthen and address the needs of older neighborhoods and communities. He succeeds S. Mark Strickler, who retired in June after leading the department since 2005.
Leabough previously served as the Varina District representative on the Henrico Planning Commission. He also worked as a housing specialist and housing services manager for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and as the assistant vice president of redevelopment and interim vice president of real estate and community development for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
As director of Community Revitalization, Leabough will oversee various community development and revitalization efforts, including the Community Maintenance, Virginia Enterprise Zone, Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investments Partnerships and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. Community Revitalization has a staff of 25 and a budget of $1.8 million for fiscal 2019-20.
Leabough holds a Bachelor of Science in urban and regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.