Stephen Bear Selected to Serve as Wythe County Administrator

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Tuesday morning at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to name Stephen Bear as the county’s new administrator.

Bear has served as assistant county administrator since November 2000 and will replace longtime administrator R. Cellell Dalton who will be retiring on Friday.

A graduate of Rural Retreat High School and Hampden–Sydney College, Bear says he is looking forward to meeting the challenges of the position.

“Wythe County is home to me, it’s the place that I have watched my children grow up. I appreciate being given this opportunity by the Board and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Wythe County,” said Bear.

The incoming administrator also acknowledged the service of his predecessor.

“Mr. Dalton has worked tirelessly for Wythe County to expand water & wastewater services, to develop industrial parks, to provide increased funding for education, and many other endeavors in order to position Wythe County for continued growth and development. A great foundation has been laid and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Wythe County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Reeves said Bear is very knowledgeable of county administration and that the Board is looking forward to working with him in the days to come.

“The Board of Supervisors wishes to congratulate Mr. Bear on being named administrator. We’re excited for the opportunity to working alongside him as we continue to lead Wythe County into the future,” said Reeves.

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