County Administrator's Office

County Administrator

John A. Budesky is Hanover's County Administrator, appointed by the Board of Supervisors on March 25, 2020. He had previously been Goochland's County Administrator. Prior to his service in Goochland, Budesky had been Deputy County Administrator in Hanover from 2013-16.

Budesky’s earlier public employment included service as City Manager of the City of Manassas; Executive Director of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission; and County Administrator in New Kent County, Virginia.  He started his local government management career in 1997 in Hagerstown, MD, serving as a county department head and then as assistant city manager. 

Hanover's County Administrator is responsible for implementing the policies and procedures established by the Board of Supervisors. The County Administrator is the chief executive of the County government. He also directly supervises the departments of Human Resources and Economic Development as well as the Public Information office.


Deputy County Administrators

Frank W. Harksen Jr., Deputy County Administrator, supervises General Services (Facilities, Fleet and Risk Management divisions), the Building Inspectors Office, Parks & Recreation, Planning, Public Works and Public Utilities. He is also the liaison to the Pamunkey Regional Library, Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

James P. Taylor, Deputy County Administrator, supervises Community Corrections and Pretrial Services, Community Resources, Community Services Board, Emergency Communications , Fire and EMS and Social Services. He is also the liaison to Juvenile Court Services and the Virginia Department of Health.

Jay Brown, Deputy County Administrator, supervises the departments of Finance and Management Services and Information Technology and administratively assists Internal Audit. He also serves as a liaison with County partners such as constitutional officers and the Registrar as well as with the Assessor's Office