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Richard L. Caywood, P.E., Assistant County Administrator
Telephone: (540) 776-7190
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Assistant County Administrator Richard Caywood has direct responsibility for several Roanoke County departments, including:
  • Capital Project Management
  • Community Development
  • Communication/Information Technology
  • Economic Development-Project Development & Delivery   
  • General Services   

Mr. Caywood serves as a liaison to the following external agencies and constitutional offices:
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Department of Health
Mr. Caywood serves as project manager for major capital improvement projects including the construction of the new Vinton Library and the renovation of the Department of Social Services building. Mr. Caywood also serves as the County’s staff lead for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.

Before being appointed Assistant County Administrator for Roanoke County, Mr. Caywood served as the Senior Project Manager for Fielder’s Choice Enterprise, Inc. (FCE), a heavy-civil construction company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to joining FCE, he worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for more than 20 years. He has extensive knowledge of the Roanoke Valley, having served over nine years as VDOT’s Salem District Administrator. In this role, he oversaw construction, maintenance, and operations for a 12-county region of southwest Virginia with an annual budget of more than $250 million and up to 1,000 employees. His career at VDOT also included serving as VDOT's Lynchburg District Administrator, VDOT's Petersburg Resident Engineer, Assistant Resident Engineer for VDOT's Charlottesville Residency, and other assignments.

He is a member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association and the Virginia Municipal League.

Mr. Caywood has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, as well as an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia since 1999.

Mr. Caywood has served as Roanoke County’s Assistant County Administrator since March 2013.