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Virgil Powell Jr. named Henry County's next Deputy Administrator




HENRY COUNTY, VA – Virgil Powell Jr. has been selected as the next Deputy County Administrator for Henry County.

Powell, who is more commonly known as J.R., has served as the Director of the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center for 10 years with 27 years of total service to the community.

“I’m humbled to be chosen as the next Deputy County Administrator and I look forward to using my leadership experience in this new position,” Powell said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to further the goals and objectives of the County and to create a wonderful environment to live and work for our citizens.”

Powell began a life of public service when he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1989.


He began working at the 911 Center in 1995 as a Telecommunicator.


He was promoted to Assistant Shift Supervisor in 1998 and Operations Supervisor in 1999 before being named Director in 2012.

A search for the next deputy county administrator began after Dale Wagoner was promoted from the position to county administrator following the retirement announcement of Tim Hall, the current county administrator.

“I am pleased to have Mr. Powell join the County’s leadership team,” Wagoner said. “I welcome his servant leadership style and experience in public administration.”

Powell will officially begin his new position on July 1.

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