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By John Barnhart

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors hired a new county administrator Monday.

    The supervisors unanimously voted to offer the job to Mark Reeter, a former Washington County administrator. Reeter will start the job next Monday.
     Reeter, 51, served as Washington County’s administrator for 17 years, from 1995 to 2012, making him the longest serving county administrator in that county’s history. He also served as assistant county administrator and economic development director there for two years. In addition, he served for two years as town manager of Gate City.
    A native of Bristol, Tenn., Reeeter has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in political science and  a  master’s  degree,   also from the University of Tennessee, in public administration.
    “I look forward to starting on March 4,” Reeter said.
    Board Chairman Steve Arrington stated that “the board was impressed how Mark ran the County operations in Washington County. In these days of needing to do more with less, the board feels certain that Mark can work hand in glove with the board as we strive to increase efficiency while maintaining the same level of county services.”
    “I feel very privileged and honored to have been given this opportunity to serve the citizens and government of Bedford County,” stated Reeter.  “I am looking forward to getting to know the people here and familiarizing myself with this truly beautiful area of the Commonwealth, and in contributing positively to its progress and governance.”
    This brings him on board right in the middle of the budget development process.
    “It’s going to be an interesting first 90 days,” he commented.
    The supervisors also complemented Frank Rogers who served as interim county administrator for more than a year. Rogers, as assistant county administrator, stepped up to the plate to fill in after former county administrator Kathleen Guzi left.
    “Frank Rogers has done an incredible job,” said Arrington. He praised Rogers for the work he did stepping in at a difficult time and in developing two budgets. He said Rogers kept in regular contact with each supervisor during this time.
    The supervisors also unanimously voted to modify the county pay plan to create the position of deputy county administrator. According to District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, this replaces the position of assistant county administrator and was done for Rogers.
    “I want to thank each of you,” Rogers said at the end of the meeting.
    Rogers also thanked county staff who, he said, supported him during the year.