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Bedford County names new administrator

Robert Hiss

Robert Hiss

The Bedford County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 21 announced it has selected a replacement for County Administrator Carl Boggess, who recently retired.

Robert Hiss, the assistant manager for the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, was named the new county administrator after a special-called closed session Dec. 21, according to a news release issued by Bedford County.

Hiss’ first day with the county will be Feb. 25.

“I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with this responsibility,” Hiss said in the news release. “It is my intention to earn the confidence of the board, the employees and citizens as we continue to provide quality services for Bedford County. Over the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to work with wonderful mentors and innovative local governments, which helped mold me for this position. This is a very exciting opportunity, and I look forward to working with the Bedford County team to achieve the goals set forth by the Board of Supervisors.”

Before his current position in Athens-Clarke County, Hiss served seven years as assistant county administrator for Pulaski County and eight years as county administrator in both Chattahoochee and Meriwether counties in Georgia.

Hiss earned a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in urban affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and he is a 2013 graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia.

Hiss was one of 40 applicants for the position selected by Cincinnati, Ohio-based Novak Consulting Group. The board in July awarded a $20,000 contract to Novak to conduct an executive search for Boggess’ replacement, marking only the second time the county has awarded a contract for executive search services.

Hiss was one of four finalists chosen to come to Bedford to participate in interviews with the board of supervisors.

Supervisor Edgar Tuck said Hiss — who was unanimously selected by the board — was “top of the heap” during the interviews.

“He has a vast amount of experience not only in Georgia, but in Virginia as well,” Tuck said. “We like his enthusiasm about coming to Bedford County and we think he is bringing a lot to the table. He’s a bulldog, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Supervisor Bill Thomasson agreed.

“Mr. Hiss best illustrated the strengths and characteristics we were looking for,” Thomasson said. “His motivation for the job and well-rounded experiences make him the best fit for the organization and Bedford County.”

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