Onaitis, a Henrico native, comes to Goochland with just over a decade of local government experience, at the executive level. She has earned both her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently she served as City Manager for Covington, Virginia. In this position she oversaw all day-to-day operations, inclusive of public safety and utilities. She also led regional economic and community development efforts for the Alleghany Highlands during her tenure as City Manager, focusing on historic revitalization, site development and critical infrastructure. Prior to Covington, Onaitis worked for the City of Richmond, serving in the Mayor’s Office as an advisor, in the Department of Public Works specializing in performance management and strategic planning, ultimately working for the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Operations leading various city-wide projects and programs.
In her role as Deputy County Administrator, Ms. Onaitis will provide guidance and support regarding operations and ongoing initiatives in Community Development, which includes planning, permitting, transportation and utilities for the County. She will also manage county-wide special projects, in addition to providing operational support to the County Administrator.
On joining Goochland, Onaitis said “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Goochland as Deputy County Administrator. I recognize that Goochland is a beautiful changing community, that at the same time is working to preserve its rural values. Those values do not have to be at odds with one another, it’s all about having a thoughtful approach to harness potential. I look forward to working with the community here and becoming part of it.”
Onaitis officially began her service to the citizens of Goochland County on October 17th, 2022.