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April 17, 2020

County social services director retiring in fall

John P. “Jack” Ledden Jr.
Fauquier County’s social services department probably will get a new director in the fall.

After about three years on the job, John P. “Jack” Ledden Jr., will retire effective Sept.1, county Human Resources Director Janelle Downes wrote in an email.

Mr. Ledden, who started the position on March 1, 2017, couldn’t be reached for comment.

County Administrator Paul S. McCulla said that the department head had informed him in late March of his decision to leave.

“When he told me of his desire to retire, I tried to convince him to stay, but he is eligible to retire and has had a great career,” Mr. McCulla said in a text. “He has positioned the department to continue maintain the excellent service it offers our citizens. I am sorry for us that he is retiring but happy for him and wish him the best in retirement.”

Mr. Ledden, who lives northwest of Opal, earns $133,722 per year, Ms. Downes said.

The position pays $91,162 to $161,370 annually, according to Fauquier’s payscale.

With 59.5 full-time equivalent positions, the social services department’s fiscal 2020 budget totals $11.8 million.

The county will accept applications for the director’s post until May 15.

“Currently, we are in the first stage of the process, which is seeking applicants,” Ms. Downes said of plans to hire a new director. “Our goal is to find a successor to begin Sept. 1.”
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