The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s executive director will leave his job for a similar post in Fauquier County next month.
Fauquier County announced in a media release issued Friday that Parsons had been named its new economic director. Parsons said by phone Tuesday that his last day with the EDA is Oct. 1, and he starts working for Fauquier County on Oct. 4. EDA Board of Directors Chairman Jeff Browne said by phone Tuesday that he and fellow members plan to make a formal announcement about Parsons’ pending departure and the intent to fill the job vacancy.
Parsons has held his position with the Front Royal-Warren County EDA since May 2019. The EDA Board of Directors hired Parsons to replace Jennifer McDonald, who resigned in late 2018 amid a scandal over the authority’s finances.
Parsons received a bachelor of science from West Virginia University and has more than 30 years of experience in economic development, project management, workforce and grant writing, including time with the Front Royal-Warren County EDA, the Virginia Jobs Investments Program, the town of Leesburg and for Lewis County, West Virginia. Parsons also has had 14 years of experience as an executive director of local economic development authorities.
The EDA recently started its search for a new administrative assistant. Gretchen Henderson left the position late last month to work for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission.