Deb­bie P. Done­hey

Rappahannock News - - Election 2019 - Con­tact: deb­bie.done­[email protected] or 540-227-5203

Background: Since 2002 I have owned and op­er­ated the Griffin Tav­ern in Flint Hill. Be­fore that, from 1994 to 2001, I worked at Cap­i­tal One in Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy as Group Man­ager, In­fra­struc­ture Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment; and early on dur­ing Cap­i­tal One Days I was se­lected to be Pres­i­dent of the Wit­ness Sys­tems User Group, an in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer care tool. I have a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in Tourism, Parks & Recre­ation Man­age­ment from Vir­ginia Commonweal­th Univer­sity.

Rap­pNews: What’s the most ur­gent is­sue fac­ing the county now?

Done­hey: We are ci­vil­ity-chal­lenged. It is un­pleas­ant and dis­cour­ages par­tic­i­pa­tion in govern­ment, but it also hin­ders fact de­vel­op­ment and fact­based de­ci­sion mak­ing. So­cial me­dia ag­gra­vates the prob­lem. Be­cause this is­sue cuts across all is­sues, I be­lieve it ur­gently needs to be ad­dressed, so we can get to the real is­sues and re­solve them through in-depth fac­tual dis­cus­sion, not emo­tion.

RN: What in your background and ex­pe­ri­ence would help ad­dress that?

Done­hey: Start­ing at age 17, I was an um­pire for adult soft­ball. Although I was young and charged with call­ing balls and strikes, even throw­ing play­ers out for mis­con­duct, I main­tained player re­spect and friend­ships. That taught me it's about the facts, the rules, fair­ness, and mu­tual re­spect. I have taken that lesson with me through my pro­fes­sional ca­reer and to my current busi­ness. It works.

RN: What do you see as the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing a county su­per­vi­sor?

Done­hey: Rep­re­sent­ing my con­stituents well. Be­ing present and well pre­pared. Ex­er­cis­ing fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity with tax­payer funds. Hear­ing from di­verse view­points to get to the right re­sult. Be­ing open, to en­sure the pub­lic un­der­stands how and why spe­cific de­ci­sions are made. Plan­ning for the fu­ture, so plans can be well-thought-out, not made in haste when prob­lems are im­mi­nent.

RN: Why do you want to be a su­per­vi­sor?

Done­hey: I be­lieve I can help. My ex­pe­ri­ence here in Rap­pa­han­nock County will be an asset. I know—and count as friends—peo­ple from ev­ery seg­ment of this com­mu­nity. I hope that gives me some in­sights into dif­fer­ing points of view, as well as an un­der­stand­ing that we are all bound to­gether by the goal of keep­ing this county the unique, won­der­ful place that it is through the changes that will in­evitably come. If I can help achieve that, while giving ev­ery voice the dig­nity it deserves, I will feel suc­cess­ful.

RN: What would you like to ac­com­plish on the Board of Su­per­vi­sors?

Done­hey: There is no rea­son we can­not work on sev­eral im­por­tant is­sues si­mul­ta­ne­ously, in­clud­ing: (1) com­mu­ni­ca­tions ac­cess; (2) zon­ing code re­view—whether or not we need changes, we need to rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of this is­sue for the fu­ture and make a record that we are thought­ful about it; and (3) strate­gic plan­ning. Ide­ally, we should cre­ate a five-year plan, re­solv­ing questions about is­sues like the fu­ture of fire and res­cue; and as­sess­ing the ef­fect of county pay lev­els on em­ployee re­ten­tion in the schools, the sher­iff 's of­fice, etc. to de­ter­mine whether we would save money by in­creas­ing pay scales to com­pet­i­tive lev­els to re­tain per­son­nel vs con­stantly train­ing new entrants. We should at least know what fac­tors to mon­i­tor and what the benefits and down­sides are of the var­i­ous op­tions, in­clud­ing bud­get im­pact.

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