County picks native Polk to lead office

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County tapped a familiar face to lead its multifaceted community development office.

County officials announced Monday that Bradley Polk has been selected as the agency’s director. Polk replaces Brandon Davis, who left in February to head up the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission.

The county received 11 applications in the search for Davis’ replacement.

Polk starts work for Shenandoah County on April 25 and will earn $67,742 a year. As director, Polk will oversee the county’s zoning, planning, code enforcement and building inspections divisions. The director also oversees economic development for the county.

Polk works as staff planner and proffer auditor for Loudoun County, where he has worked in its Planning and Zoning Department since 2008.

The Shenandoah County position means a quicker commute than the one Polk makes every day to Leesburg – a perk he said attracted him to the job. But the position also offers him the opportunity for professional growth and a chance to give back to his community, Polk said.

The economic development side of the Shenandoah County job adds a new level to the type of work he does currently, Polk noted. The supervisory role of the position also comes with more responsibilities, though he does have managerial experience from his time in Round Hill.

Polk worked as Shenandoah County’s zoning administrator between 2002 and 2003. Polk left the county to pursue a law enforcement career and worked as an officer for the Winchester Police Department. Polk then went to work as the town administrator and zoning administrator for Round Hill in Loudoun County.

The Shenandoah County native graduated from Strasburg High School and then received his bachelor of science degree in public administration from James Madison University in 2002. Polk received a master of science degree in organizational leadership from Shenandoah University in 2011.

Polk lives with his wife and family in Strasburg.

The county consolidated several divisions under the community development office in July 2012 under then County Administrator Doug Walker, at which time Davis took the director’s role.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

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