Cecil R. "Rhu" Harris Jr. is Hanover's County Administrator, appointed by the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 10, 2004. Rhu Harris had been Interim County Administrator since May 28, 2004. He has been with Hanover County since 1984, when he was hired as Assistant Director of Finance. Rhu Harris became Finance Director in 1987. He served as Acting Assistant County Administrator from 1990 to 1991, when he was appointed Director of Finance and Administration. He became Assistant County Administrator for Finance and Administration in 1994 and was appointed Deputy County Administrator in 1998.
Hanover's County Administrator is responsible for implementing the policies and procedures established by the Board of Supervisors. The County Administrator is the chief executive of the County government. Rhu Harris also directly supervises the departments of Human Resources and Economic Development.
The position that supervises the Assessor's Office, Finance and Management Services (Purchasing), General Services (Facilities Management and Fleet Services), Information Technology, Internal Audit, and Public Information is currently vacant. For assistance with these areas, please contact one of the deputy county administrators.
Frank W. Harksen, Deputy County Administrator, supervises Building Inspections, Parks & Recreation, Planning, Public Works and Public Utilities.
James P. Taylor, Deputy County Administrator, supervises Community Corrections, Community Resources, Community Services Board, Emergency Communications, Fire/EMS, and Social Services, and is the liaison to Juvenile Court Services and the Health Department. Per an agreement, the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the operations of the Animal Control department.
Hanover County Administration Offices
Government Admininstration Building
7516 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Directions to the Government Complex