Arlington names new county manager
Barbara Donnellan was named Arlington county manager Friday morning by the board, just four months after it had hired Michael B. Brown for the position. Brown resigned Thursday, citing personal reasons.
"To be honest, this was not on my radar," Donnellan said. "I'm very excited about the opportunity. I really am."
Donnellan is the first woman named as Arlington's county manager. She has been with the county for 27 years and has served as director of the Department of Management and Finance, as well as the deputy county manager, since October 2005.
"I've done it for seven months," said Donnellan, who served as acting county manager from November 2009 until May 2010, as the county searched for former county manager Ron Carlee's replacement. "I'm not going in completely ignorant of what is expected."
Donnellan said she looks forward to having an impact on her community, but said there are a few issues she still needs to "get my hands around."
Brown said in his resignation letter that it was a pleasure to serve Arlington, but he wanted to focus on his family.
"This action is regrettable but necessary because of the health of my wife, Linda Lee," Brown wrote in the letter dated Sept. 30. "I need to take time now to assist her. That is proving difficult because of the work and time demands of the position of county manager.""
Jay Fisette, chairman of the county board, said he was recently made aware of Brown's family issues, but said, "We had a little bit of time to think about it."
Donnellan proved herself handling the record snowstorms and budget prior to Brown's arrival from Savannah, Ga., in May.
"She knows the county. She knows the community. She knows the government and it will be seamless," Fisette said.
Brown and his family will be returning to Savannah, Fisette said.
| October 1, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
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