​Amanda Barnes Named City Clerk and ​Ronald D. Agnor Named City Real Estate Assessor

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
The Virginia Beach City Council today named Amanda Barnes as the new Virginia Beach city clerk, and Ronald D. Agnor as the new Virginia Beach real estate assessor. The appointments are effective immediately.

Amanda Barnes
As city clerk, Barnes will provide a historical record of the governing body (some records date as early as the 1860s); prepare and distribute the City Council Agenda, Minutes and Summary of Action; provide administrative services to the City Council and the citizens; and attest to all official documents, ensuring compliance with legislative law and City Council actions. The city clerk is also the custodian of the City Seal and an acceptance agent for the United States Passport Agency.

Barnes joined the City Clerk's Office in 2008 as a deputy city clerk. She was promoted to chief deputy city clerk in 2012. She succeeds former City Clerk Ruth Hodges Fraser, who retired Dec. 31 after 39 years in office. Barnes attended Tidewater Community College, the Old Dominion University's Executive Development Center, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an active member of the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association and is certified as a master municipal clerk.

"Amanda has earned the respect of this City Council and understands the importance of keeping accurate and meticulous records, as well as ensuring that meetings are managed according to law," said Mayor Will Sessoms. "She and her staff are a direct link between the community and the City Council — providing essential attention to detail and transparency."

Ronald D. Agnor
As city real estate assessor, Agnor will be responsible for identifying and appraising all real property within the city at fair market value. He will also oversee a staff of appraisers and administrative support personnel.​

Agnor joined the Real Estate Assessor's Office in 2005 as the assistant real estate assessor.  He succeeds former Real Estate Assessor Jerry Banagan, who retired Dec. 31 after 45 years with the City, including close to 35 years as real estate assessor. Agnor attended Old Dominion University and the Management Excellence Program at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center, and is a past president of the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers and an accredited member of the International Association of Assessing Officers. Agnor started his appraisal career as a staff appraiser with the Virginia Department of Transportation in 1977. Beginning in 1993, he worked in progressively responsible roles in the City Assessor's Office in Hampton, Virginia, where he served as city assessor from 2003 to 2005. Agnor holds a certified real estate appraiser's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia and he is active in numerous professional organizations.

"The fair and equitable distribution of the tax burden is critical in our community, and we are fortunate that Ron was the most experienced candidate for this position," Mayor Sessoms said. "He is known throughout this region and across the nation as a highly skilled real estate assessor."

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