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Barry Ross Lawrence

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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.


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


Assistant department manager, Best Products Co, Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, 1979;administrative analyst, City of Suffolk, Virginia, 1980;juvenile programs coordinator, City of Portsmouth, Virginia, 1980-1981;research assistant, University of Virginia, Institute of Government, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1981-1982;town manager, Town of Purcellville, Virginia, 1982-1983;legislative liaison, County of Prince William, Prince William, Virginia, 1983-1985;assistant to the county executive, County of Prince William, Prince William, 1985-1986;assistant director, Virginia Association of Counties, Richmond, 1986-1988;executive director, Virginia Association Counties, Richmond, 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.


The Gospel shows the manner and the necessary work to be done, by which salvation can be achieved. This is human responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community living.


When peaceful alternatives to resolve the conflict failed, the use of force may be the only option to check aggression or genocide.


God should be loved with hearts as well as with minds. To the best of their ability everyone needs to think things through in the light of reason. This means becoming aware of different points of view, and using his or her critical thinking to make sense of God's world.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: water and racquet sports, running, bicycling, gardening, reading, guitar, photography.


Married Sheila Lynn Johnson, December 11, 1982. Children: Courtney Elizabeth, Barry Ross, Junior.

Linwood Grant Lawrence Junior

Selma Ross (Hart) Lawrence

Sheila Lynn Johnson

Courtney Elizabeth Lawrence

Barry Ross Lawrence

Junior Lawrence