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Barry Ross Lawrence

Barry Ross Lawrence, American county official. Named one of Outstanding Young Men in American, 1985-1986.


  • Lawrence, Barry Ross was born on November 20, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Son of Linwood Grant Junior and Selma Ross (Hart) Lawrence.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Virginia, 1978. Master of Arts in Public Administration, University Virginia, 1982.


    • Assistant department manager Best Products Co, Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, 1979. Administrative analyst City of Suffolk, 1980. Juvenile programs coordinator City of Portsmouth, 1980-1981.

      Research assistant University Virginia, Institute of Government, Charlottesville, 1981-1982. Town manager Town of Purcellville, 1982-1983. Legislative liaison County of Prince William, Prince William, 1983-1985, assistant to the county executive, 1985-1986.

      Assistant director Virginia Association of Counties, Richmond, 1986-1988. Executive director Virginia Association Counties, 1988-1990. County administrator County of Powhatan, Powhatan, Virginia, since 1991.

      Executive committee Southern County Association Conference, 1989-1990. Visiting instructor political science Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, 1991.


    • Editorial board Public Administration Times, since 1989.


    All human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty, then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends.


    The Gospel of Christ is the message that can lead one to salvation. It shows the essential steps that one must take to secure the goal that God wishes all to attain.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The family has its own complex identity as a small community of covenant love and trust.


    Ex-officio member Virginia Local Government Advisory Council, 1988-1990. Vice president, board directors and architectural control committee chairman The Forest at Innsbrook Homeowners Association, 1989. Executive committee Virginia Alliance in the Public Service, 1990.

    Member American Society Public Administration (publication committee 1988-1989), Virginia Society Association Executives (chairman communications, marketing and ub. relations committee 1989), Virginia Local Government Management Association (nominations committee 1992), International City Management Association (conference evaluation committee 1986), National Association County Administrators, University Virginia Alumni Association.



    Water and racquet sports, running, bicycling, gardening, reading, guitar, photography.


    • Married Sheila Lynn Johnson, December 11, 1982. Children: Courtney Elizabeth, Barry Ross, Junior.
    • father: Linwood Grant Lawrence Junior
    • mother: Selma Ross (Hart) Lawrence
    • spouse: Sheila Lynn Johnson
    • children: Courtney Elizabeth Lawrence
    • Barry Ross Lawrence
    • Junior Lawrence
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    Born November 20, 1955
    (age 61)
    • 1978
      University Virginia
    • 1982
      University Virginia
    • 1979
      Assistant, department manager Best Products Co
      Norfolk, United Kingdom
    • 1980
      administrative analyst, City of Suffolk
    • 1980 - 1981
      juvenile programs coordinator, City of Portsmouth
    • 1981 - 1982
      research assistant, University Virginia
      Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
    • 1982 - 1983
      town manager, Town of Purcellville
    • 1983 - 1985
      legislative liaison County of Prince William
      Prince William, New Brunswick, Canada
    • 1986 - 1988
      assistant, director Virginia Association of Counties
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1988 - 1990
      executive, director Virginia Association Counties
    • 1991
      county administrator, County of Powhatan
      Powhatan, Virginia, United States
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