Virgil Powell Jr., the Director of the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center, was selected as the next Deputy County Administrator for Henry County. Powell, who is more commonly known as J.R., has served as the director of the joint 911 center for 10 years with 27 years of total service to the community.
“I’m humbled to be chosen as the next Deputy County Administrator and I look forward to using my leadership experience in this new position,” Powell said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to further the goals and objectives of the County and to create a wonderful environment to live and work for our citizens.”
Powell began a life of public service when he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1989. He served during an active war for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Powell finished his time in the military as a Sergeant with a specialization in communications, receiving three Navy Achievement Medals during that time. Following his military career, Powell began working at the 911 Center in 1995 as a Telecommunicator. He was promoted to Assistant Shift Supervisor in 1998 and Operations Supervisor in 1999 before being named Director in 2012.
Powell has numerous certifications and accolades, including the 2019 Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medical Services Telecommunication. He is also an active member of the community, serving on several boards such as the Virginia E911 Services Board, the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy Board, the Dan River Alcohol Safety Action Program Board and Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.
“I am pleased to have Mr. Powell join the County’s leadership team,” Dale Wagoner, who will become the next county administrator, said. “I welcome his servant leadership style and experience in public administration.”
Powell and his wife Christa have been married for 33 years and have two adult children. He lives in Henry County and attends CrossPoint Church. During his spare time, Powell enjoys playing guitar in the worship band at his church and playing golf. Powell officially begins his new post on July 1.