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New Deputy County Executive in Prince William County

Community News

Written by: PWC News (more details click here)

Following an extensive national search, the County Executive appointed Rebecca Horner as a Deputy County Executive for Community Development. The Board of County Supervisors concurred with the County Executive’s decision to appoint Horner, who will begin the position effective immediately.

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Horner has an extensive background and experience in public sector planning and community development. Since 2017, Horner has served as the director of the county’s Planning Office. Before that, she was the Assistant Director for the Planning Office after serving as the manager of the county’s Current Planning Division. Prior to coming to Prince William County, Horner worked as a Senior Planner for Fairfax County, the Director of the Planning and Building Department for Sarpy County, Nebraska, and the Assistant to the Director in the Planning Department in the City of Papillion, Nebraska. 

In her new role, Horner will work with the County Executive to oversee the county’s departments of Planning, Economic Development, Development Services, Public Works, Transportation, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

“As our community continues to grow, the areas that fall under community development are critical in helping this Board determine and manage that growth in a way that is in the best interest of our residents,” said Ann Wheeler, Chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “Therefore, the person in this position plays an important role in helping the Board to establish and work towards its long-term vision in that area. We believe Rebecca will do that.”

“Rebecca has done an excellent job leading the Planning Office over the last three years; and she has proven her ability to work with the other county departments and community stakeholders in her role as Planning Director,” said County Executive Chris Martino. “I am confident that in her new role she will continue to do an excellent job in leading our community development functions and supporting the Board in serving our community.”

“I am very appreciative of the Board’s support, as well as the support of Executive Management,” said Horner. “I’ve worked in this community for six years now, and I am very excited to be able to continue serving and helping to implement the Board’s strategic goals and vision in this new role.”

Horner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from the University of Nebraska. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a Certified Zoning Administrator in Virginia.