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Gloucester Deputy County Administrator Wins Service Award

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GLOUCESTER-George Bains, deputy county administrator for Gloucester County, was recently honored with the Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service. The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) hands out the award annually to a Hampton Roads-area public administrator who demonstrates an exceptional record of public service.

Bains has more than 35 years of experience working in the public sector. He started out in Gloucester as the director of engineering, where he helped develop and implement the county’s enhanced 911 system.

Bains was also integral in the development of the county’s geographic information and public utilities systems. He served as Gloucester’s first director of information technology from 1995 to 2011. During that timeframe, he assisted with the creation of the county’s IT department.

Bains later worked as assistant director of information technology in Henrico County before returning to Gloucester in 2019 as chief information technology officer. He was promoted to deputy county administrator in 2021.

Bains was nominated for the Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service by Steve Wright, Gloucester’s other deputy county administrator.

In a press release, Wright described Bains as an “ardent advocate of continuous professional development,” who completed the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center in 2015.

“A true servant leader, George always strives, in small and large ways, to develop and strengthen his teams and improve the outcomes for the community,” Wright said.

Bains also shared in the release: “I am honored and humbled to be receiving this award, and about my colleague, Steve, thinking highly enough of me to nominate me for this incredible recognition. All my work over the years boils down to my love for my community and figuring out ways we can all work together to make our services stronger and better for all our citizens.”

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