Rebecca Horner, assistant director of planning for Prince William County, is the new planning director, according to a news release. She replaces Chris Price, who was promoted to a deputy county executive in 2016.
The county conducted a nationwide search for Price’s replacement, the news release said.
Horner has 19 years of public sector planning experience. More than half of her experience has been in senior level management positions with planning departments for local governments.
Before she joined the Prince William County staff, she was 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.
As Assistant Director for the County’s Planning Office, she was responsible for leading major projects and inter-departmental coordination efforts. She prepared reports and made presentations to the Board of County Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and other groups. She also reviewed and made recommendations on state legislative amendments.
Corey A. Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, was quoted as saying in a news release, “We are very happy to have Rebecca Horner as our Planning Director. She brings expertise in all functional areas of urban planning and possesses the skill sets that are necessary to effectively lead in an area that is sometimes complex and sensitive.”
“I want to thank the Board of County Supervisors for this opportunity,” Horner was quoted as saying in a news release. “I am passionate about planning and am committed to working with all stakeholders to help the Board and the community achieve its vision for the future.”
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.