Mr. Carpenter began his duties as County Administrator effective June 20, 2022. He most recently served as the County Administrator for Kershaw County, South Carolina with more than 25 years of local government experience.
Mr. Carpenter has served as President of the South Carolina Managers, Administrators and Supervisors Association and has been actively involved in his community through Rotary International, Kiwanis and as President of the Boys and Girls Club. He previously led his former county to receive the All-America City Award, oversaw the construction of numerous buildings and managed record fund balances as well as effectively used excess fund balances to provide needed capital upgrades for the county.
In coming to Virginia, Carpenter returns to his family’s roots which trace back several centuries. He has noted that Kershaw County is very similar to Goochland in that it is a growing county with a rural agricultural history striving to retain its rural character.
Primary undertakings of the County Administration include:
Oversee the operations of the organization
Serve the needs of the Board of Supervisors, and follow up on all pertinent matters
Advance the Board's strategic priorities, working in collaboration with internal and external customers
Present and monitor the annual report card of success indicators for the Strategic Plan
Conduct and analyze the citizen satisfaction survey
Promote transparency - issue Board agenda packets, maintain minutes and video/audio recordings of public meetings, provide spending details through the online check register, publish detailed annual budget documents, present detailed quarterly budget projections, etc.
Answer requests of citizens and businesses, including responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
Maintain AAA credit rating
Oversee all financial plans, including the annual audit, the operating budget, and the Capital Improvement Program