Stafford County proudly announces the appointment of Thomas C. Foley to the position of County Administrator. Thomas Foley comes to Stafford from Albemarle County where he has served as County Executive. He will take over the reins from Interim County Administrator C. Douglas Barnes on February 1, 2017.
“Stafford County is moving in a fantastic direction on so many fronts – strong economic development, more diverse and innovative educational opportunities, enhanced and better-equipped public safety, forward-thinking improvements to our infrastructure, combining school and government functions to be more efficient and fully utilizing the awesome potential of our employees,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Bob Thomas, George Washington District. “We think Tom Foley is the perfect fit for moving forward with the Board’s vision during this very dynamic time in Stafford County. We are confident that his budgeting acumen, his emphasis on developing employees and his ability to implement strategic plans are strengths that will fully optimize Stafford’s full potential.”
During Thomas Foley’s time at Albemarle County, Albemarle received its third ‘AAA’ bond rating, making it a triple ‘AAA’ rated community, a very prestigious financial designation. ‘AAA’ is the highest bond rating given to localities, allowing those communities to borrow money for projects at lower rates and freeing up money for other services. Stafford has two ‘AAA’ ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch and is aggressively pursuing a third with its responsible and accountable financial practices.
Foley has also led efforts to better organize the county government and was involved deeply with developing a combination career/volunteer fire department, all under the auspices of the principles of high performance, a long-time practice in Stafford County. He managed the consolidating of shared services between schools and county government in Albemarle which is also a high priority for Stafford’s Board. Foley is recognized for his skill in building regional and community relationships, a valuable skillset to have as Stafford and area localities move forward with regional transportation and economic goals.
Thomas Foley was appointed County Executive in Albemarle County in 2011. Before that, he was the Assistant County Executive for 11 years. He also served as County Administrator in both Caroline and Cumberland counties. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University. Mr. Foley has been a member of International County Management Association for 25 years. He is a member of Virginia Local Government Management Association. He is also active in church volunteer activities.
He has been married to his wife Lori for 29 years. They have three children: Laura, Matthew and Bryan.