Wattsville native appointed as Va. Secretary of Administration
There are two Accomack County natives in leading roles within Virginia's government as Gov. Northam appointed a local woman to monitor the administration.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia is well represented in the current administration of the Commonwealth of Virginia as Governor Ralph Northam appointed Wattsville native, Keyanna Conner, as the Secretary of Administration on December 28.
Conner earned a degree in Chemistry from Hampton University in 2006 and a Doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Prior to her current role in Virginia's administration, Conner worked for Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) as his Director of Government and Community Affairs and later State Director.
The Secretary of Administration oversees the four state agencies (Compensation Board, Department of General Services, Department of Human Resource Management, and Department of Elections)
that manage the Commonwealth's buildings and grounds, administer employee policies and benefits, oversee elections, safeguard human rights, work to improve manager-employee relations in state government and direct state funds to constitutional officers.
In regards to his administration appointments Gov. Ralph Northam, who also hails from Accomack County, says, "When Virginians need something from the government their tax dollars fund, they deserve world-class customer service. These two secretariats oversee functions of our government like elections, contracting and procurement, and rights restoration. I am thrilled to have two strong Virginia leaders joining this team to ensure that we get these important jobs and many others done right for the people we serve."