The Office of the County Administrator is the highest level management office of the Frederick County government. The County Administrator serves as the chief administrative officer of Frederick County. The County Administrator directs and supervises the day-to-day operations of all county departments and agencies which are under the direct control of the Board of Supervisors, pursuant to county ordinances and regulations. Specifically, the County Administrator serves as the primary point of contact for citizens seeking information regarding county activities; manages of all county departments; and develops recommendations for the Board of Supervisors relative to the operations of the county.

The Office of the County Administrator also provides administrative support to the Board and implements its directives with regard to Board agendas, meetings, resolutions and constituent services. Additionally, the County Administrator serves as the clerk to the Board of Supervisors, as well as official liaison to the Constitutional Officers, the Judiciary, and state and regional agencies.

County Administration Contact Information

Brenda G. Garton, County Administrator
107 North Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone (540) 665-5600, fax (540) 667-0370

Brenda Garton began her career as a mathematics teacher in Albemarle and Orange Counties, Virginia.  She has a wide range of public and private sector experience. She is a certified public accountant who has served as a manager in an accounting firm and as the Controller and Manager of Plant Administration for Edgcomb Metals in Troy, Virginia. Ms. Garton served as County Administrator for Orange County from 1993 to 2002, as County Administrator in Prince George County from 2002 to 2008, and as County Administrator in Gloucester County from 2008-April 2015.

Ms. Garton earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia. She is also a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Senior Executive Institute and is an International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager. She is Past-President of the Virginia Local Government Management Association and serves on several committees for the Virginia Association of Counties.

Kris Tierney, Deputy County Administrator for Community Development
107 North Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone (540) 665-5600, fax (540) 667-0370

Kris Tierney served as Frederick County Assistant County Administrator since 2000 and in 2016 became the Deputy County Administrator for Community Development. Prior to his appointment, he served as Frederick County's Director of Planning & Development; Deputy Director of Planning & Development; and Assistant Planning Administrator for Clarke County. Mr. Tierney holds a Bachelor's degree in geography from the State University of New York/Brockport and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia.

Jay Tibbs, Deputy County Administrator for Human Services
107 North Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone (540) 665-5600, fax (540) 667-0370

Jay Tibbs has served as Deputy County Administrator and Deputy Clerk to the Frederick County Board of Supervisors since 2004. He previously worked as Assistant Town Administrator/Town Clerk/Zoning Assistant for the Town of Middleburg, VA and Deputy County Clerk/Assistant to the County Commission in Pocahontas County, WV. Mr. Tibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Centre College and an M.B.A. from Shenandoah University.