County Picks New Planning Director

The Clarke County Board of Supervisors has named Brandon Stidham as its new Director of Planning. Stidham will direct and coordinate planning and zoning functions, programs and activities of the County and will assume the post on April 30, 2012.

Clarke County, Virginia

Before joining Clarke County, Stidham served as the Director of Planning & Community Development for Powhatan County, Virginia since October 2003, where he recently managed and gained adoption of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan and was responsible for planning, zoning enforcement, subdivision administration, commercial site plan review, erosion and sediment control, storm water management, GIS services, and transportation planning.

Prior to working for Powhatan, he was the county planner for Appomattox County from 2000 to 2003 and regulatory affairs specialist for the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS) in Herndon, Virginia.

Stidham holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and History from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. In addition, he has completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners and Virginia Certified Boards of Zoning Appeals programs.

Stidham will earn $85K annually and replaces former County Planner Chuck Johnston who left  his Clarke County post to take over planning responsibilities for Calvert County Maryland.

Stidham, his wife Angela and their children, Noah, Alex and Dawson, plan to relocate to Clarke County.


  1. Linda Jones says:

    Clarke County’s gain is Powhatan’s loss. Your citizens are inheriting a great asset.

  2. Charles Batchelor says:

    I was the editor of the local weekly newspaper in Powhatan County for about two years and had to with Brandon Stidham. He is very competent. Most impressive is his integrity and caring. Plus, he has a good sense of humor, which is vital in a Planning Director. Powhatan County is going to find it very, very difficult to replace him.

  3. My 2 Cents says:

    85,000.00 a year? To plan what in Clarke County. Whatever gets planned here?

  4. dmaxnjackson says:

    Welcome aboard sir, now lets plan on bringing some business to clarke. instead of running them out of the county.

  5. tolduso says:

    Tongue firmly planted in cheek , Good Luck !

  6. He can plan till his heart is content. But, until we get a board of supervisors that understands what a Comprehensive Plan is it will most likely fall on deaf ears.

  7. Tony Parrott says:

    Welcome Stidham family! Despite some of the comments from time to time on the CDN you will find Clarke Co. is a wonderful place to raise a family and is filled with great people.
    Very impressive resume; good luck.