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Thomas C. Gates

Thomas C. Gates
Thomas C. Gates
On November 19, 2014, The Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Thomas C. Gates as Roanoke County Administrator. Gates comes to Roanoke County with nearly thirty years of experience working collaboratively with elected officials, citizens and employees to improve the functioning of government and delivering quality service to citizens.

Gates previously served as Deputy City Manager and Chief of Staff for the City of Alexandria where he implemented a city-wide ethics initiative, more effective civic engagement practices, and a comprehensive performance management system. 

Prior to joining the City of Alexandria, Gates served as the Assistant County Administrator for Spartanburg County, South Carolina where he provided management oversight and coordination of administrative operations and public safety services. Gates has served as the Management and Budget Director for both Spartanburg County, and the City of Greenville, South Carolina. He has twice served as City Administrator for the municipalities of Loris, South Carolina and Garden City, Georgia. 

Thomas C. Gates holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, jointly awarded by the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. He has also served as adjunct faculty for the University of South Carolina Upstate where he taught public administration and public financial administration.

Gates is a former Board Chair for the Spartanburg County Community Indicators Project and served on the board of the Urban League of the Upstate. Gates currently serves on the Board of the American Society of Public Administration’s Center for Accountability Performance. 

Gates is an International City/County Manager’s Association Credentialed Manager.