Walton resigns as county’s chief zoning administrator
Rob Walton has accepted a job with the Town of Leesburg after seven years in Fauquier County government.
By Don Del Rosso Staff Journalist
Less than a year after taking the job, Fauquier’s chief zoning administrator last week tendered his resignation.
Rob Walton, who joined the county’s community development department in 2011, has accepted the Town of Leesburg assistant zoning administrator’s job.
Last Thursday, Mr. Walton gave the Fauquier department three weeks’ notice.
In an email, the Bealeton resident said he will commute about an hour to Leesburg, supervise three people and start the new position Nov. 19.
He declined to comment on his reasons for leaving the community development department.
Mr. Walton, 44, started with Fauquier as a senior planner in 2011. He got promoted to assistant zoning administrator in 2016 and the chief’s position last October.
“Rob has been a tremendous asset to the county during his seven years working in community development,” Community Development Director Kimberley Fogle said in an email. “He has managed a number of complicated and problematic development projects, bringing them to resolution and ultimately project completion.
“Rob has been very thorough and a problem-solver in all aspects of his work from development review and project management to the much-dreaded and thankless job of zoning enforcement. He will be very much missed.”
The chief zoning administrator’s duties include:
• Preparing zoning interpretations and determinations.
• Overseeing zoning ordinance enforcement and approval of land development applications.
• Issuing zoning permits.
• Providing zoning analysis of rezoning, special exception and special permit applications.
• Preparing and presenting zoning ordinance variance applications to Fauquier’s board of zoning appeals.
• Preparing and presenting zoning ordinance text amendments to Fauquier’s planning commission and board of supervisors.
The chief zoning administrator’s job will be advertised on the county website and elsewhere, according to Ms. Fogle.
“There will likely be a three-person committee to review applications and interview prospective candidates,” she added.
Last year, a three-person committee, including Ms. Fogle, interviewed Mr. Walton and four other candidates for the job.
The position pays $76,947 to $128,505, according to Fauquier’s salary scale.