Thursday, November 5, 2015

Goochland County Adminsitrator Announces Retirement

Rebecca T. Dickson

This morning, Goochland County Administrator Rebecca T. Dickson, known to everyone as “Becky,” announced her intention to retire effective April 1, 2016 to focus her considerable attentions personal health issues.

The intrepid Ms. Dickson rolled up her sleeves and got to work transforming a dysfunctional local government into one that is a model for its peers.

Perhaps the most significant accomplishment of Becky’s tenure, and there have been many, is cleaning up the county’s finances. Goochland’s 2009 certified annual financial report(CAFR) contained dozens of misstatements. Earlier this year, the county earned a AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s.

We wish her the best.
Text of press release:

November 5, 2015

Goochland County Administrator, Rebecca Dickson, announces her retirement from Goochland County effective April 1, 2016. In a closed meeting of the Board of Supervisors last night, Ms. Dickson, Goochland’s Administrator since July 2009, advised the Board of her decision to retire next spring.

In her statement, Dickson expressed the following sentiment, “I cannot fully express my gratitude and honor for being able to serve the County these past six and a half years. Goochland County now serves as an example for many. While I want nothing more than to serve the County for many more years, it is coming time for me to focus more intently on my family and my health. Another exciting time awaits and I must get to it. I will leave the County in the best of hands-yours, the dedicated staff and our passionate citizens.”

Dickson has served in local government for over 25 years. Prior to coming to Goochland, Dickson served in Chesterfield County for 19 years, primarily in the roles of Budget Director and Deputy County Administrator for Human Services.

Retiring in early spring will enable Ms. Dickson to work with the Board on the budget and capital plan for the next fiscal year and will provide the Board of Supervisors time to consider their next steps in selecting a leader for the County.

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