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Interim administrator has long history in local government

Mathews County’s new interim county administrator, Sanford “Sandy” Wanner, has a long history of experience working in local government.

Appointed to serve Mathews while the company he contracts with, The Berkley Group, conducts a search for a new county administrator, Wanner said he expects to be in Mathews at least four months as the search progresses. He said that searches sometimes take longer.

A fact sheet he provided shows that he has served an average of six months in the seven interim positions he has held, including a 2015 posting in Gloucester.

A former U.S. Marine, Wanner worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant colonel, finishing out his military career working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then took advantage of the GI Bill to earn a master’s degree in administration from George Washington University. He already held a degree in education from Trenton State Teachers College in his home state of New Jersey.

Wanner said his first job as a civilian was as ...

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