Our Team

The people in our organization and our County are both business minded and business friendly. Whether you’re looking to relocate your business here or expand your operations, we’re ready to help.

 

 
Stephen King
County Administrator

A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a licensed engineer in the Commonwealth, Stephen began with Rockingham County as the Director of Public Works in 2000. Prior to joining the county, Stephen served as the city engineer and Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Buena Vista. In 2004, he became the Deputy County Administrator and in 2016 was chosen for the County Administrators post. In his leadership role, Stephen works closely with the region's top business, academic and community leaders to shape and execute economic development strategies that lead to job creation and capital investment in Rockingham County and the greater Harrisonburg Metro Area.   
 

 

 
Casey Armstrong
Community Development Director

With a degree in Environmental Science from Eastern Mennonite University, Casey leads the efforts of our Community Development team.  At the earliest stages of a project, Casey works closely with clients to help navigate the system and to ensure that there are no surprises.  He is focused on your schedule and helping you to achieve successful project outcomes. 

 

 
Pete Keseker
Development Plan Manager

A graduate of West Virginia University, Pete has worked throughout the Valley for over 30 years as a licensed soil scientist, onsite soil evaluator, and a commercial realtor giving him the right experience to work through the most challenging development plans.  Pete’s relationship with area surveyors, engineers and developers give him a strategic advantage to ensure your project plans are successful. 

 

 
Diana Stultz
Zoning Administrator/Subdivision Agent

A lifelong resident of Rockingham County, Diana serves as the County’s Zoning Administrator/Subdivison Agent.  Her 35 years of experience in permitting and zoning is leveraged daily for the benefit of our clients.  Starting her career in real estate, Diana inherently understands the importance of land use and the significance of project permitting, schedules, and project outcomes.  


 

 
Rhonda Cooper
Director of Planning

With a Master of Planning Degree from the University of Virginia and over 23 years of experience, Rhonda plays an integral part in the development of programs that lead to successful long-term strategies for land use and development.  Rhonda works closely with the Economic Development team to ensure that client’s needs are met while protecting the quality of life for County citizens. 

 

 
James May
Senior Planner

A native of Dallas, Texas, James moved to the Valley four years ago to join our team.  With a Master of Community Planning and Public Administration from Auburn University, James brings a unique perspective to the Community Development team.  Utilizing his experience in planning and love of the area’s natural beauty, James works diligently to help manage the balances between growth and sustainability in Rockingham County. 

 

Joshua Gooden
Economic Development & Torism Coordinator

A native of Rockingham County, Joshua serves as the County's Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator. With a degree in Business Administration from Bridgewater College, he is happy to assist current and future businesses showcase the county and surrounding area as a business location and tourism destination. Prior to joining the county, Joshua worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Kirby Dean
Director of Parks and Recreation

A native to Rockingham County, Kirby joins the county after 15 seasons of serving as the head basketball coach at his alma mater, Eastern Mennonite University.Kirby provides positive leadership to the County's recreational, after school, Summer Day Camp, and athletic programs through planning, promoting, directing, mentoring Parks and Recreation staff. He is a leader in completion of the new Rockingham Park at the Crossroads.
 

 
Phillip Rhodes
Director of Public Works

A Rockingham County native and graduate of Virginia Tech, Phillip has extensive knowledge of the local landscape and the infrastructure that serves our citizens.  With over 20 years of combined experience with the County and the Virginia Department of Transportation, he works closely with our team to ensure that issues surrounding utilities are fully understood by all invested partners. 


 
 
 
 

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