Beaufort County deputy administrator Bryan Hill will leave his job next month to become the next administrator for James City County, Va.
The Virginia county's Board of Supervisors approved Hill's $170,000 contract Friday, and he will start work Sept. 8, Hill said. His last day with Beaufort County likely will be the first week of September, he said.
Located on the Virginia Peninsula, the county is home to about 67,000 residents and historic Jamestown, one of the first permanent English settlements in the Americas. It also borders the independent city of Williamsburg.
Hill began working for Beaufort County seven years ago as a budget analyst and was promoted to deputy county administrator within nine months. He has served in that role since, overseeing many county departments' daily operations and helping to coordinate the annual budget with chief financial officer Alicia Holland.
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Beaufort County administrator Gary Kubic said he gave Hill a good recommendation for the James City County job but is sad to see a friend leave.
"He was not afraid to engage with the community, and that's what I liked most about him," Kubic said. "With his talent, it was inevitable. He's going to do a great job for that community."
Beaufort County leaders and County Council members have talked about Hill as the apparent successor to Kubic when Kubic's contract expires at the end of 2015. Kubic has said he is considering retiring then.
Hill and Kubic said Friday they had discussed the possibility of Hill succeeding Kubic. However, Hill said the opportunity in Virginia was too good to pass up for himself and his family.
Next week the county will establish a search for Hill's replacement, but those details have not yet been discussed, Kubic said.
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