Clarence Monday

Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Vic Ingram, left, welcomed Clarence Monday in February when he agreed to return to serve as interim county administrator. 

Pittsylvania County's interim County Administrator Clarence Monday submitted his resignation Tuesday, effective in 30 days or less and in collaboration with the Board of Supervisors, according to county spokesperson Caleb Ayers.

Monday's departure comes when the Board of Supervisors is still looking for a permanent replacement after firing former County Administrator David Smitherman in January. 

The Board has initiated a national search and anticipates making an offer to a suitable candidate in November. So far, the Board has received several applications and a formal review will begin Sept. 12, according to Ayers.

The path to finding a new county administrator hasn't been without some bumps. After asking Monday to return as interim, as he had previously served as the full time county administrator, the Board decided to forgo a national search and look for a local candidate without requiring county management experience. That process got bogged down in confusion, and after some discussion, the Board decided to conduct a national search.

Monday's contract was set to expire at the end of the year, but he sold his house sooner than expected, according to Ayers. In the midst of a tight housing market, Monday sold his house in a single day, leaving him and his family the challenge of preparing to move while working in another state.

“The Board has been most supportive of me in this role, and I have tremendously enjoyed returning to the County and serving the Board of Supervisors, County staff, and the citizens of this great county for the past seven months,” Monday said. 

“Since returning to Pittsylvania County on an interim basis, Clarence Monday has been a real asset,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Vic Ingram. “He has provided leadership and guidance, helped us maneuver through the search for a permanent county administrator, and aided in the preparation of a balanced budget that did not include a tax increase. He has served the citizens of Pittsylvania County not once but twice as the leader of our county. He will be missed, and I wish him the very best.”

The county has an Executive Team comprised of experienced professionals that have the autonomy to lead the County, pending further direction by the Board of Supervisors.

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