ROANOKE COUNTY, VA August 27, 2012 – Assistant Roanoke County Administrator Diane Hyatt will retire effective August 31, 2012. Hyatt was first employed by Roanoke County in August 1982, and her retirement marks thirty years of service to Roanoke County.
Hyatt began her career as Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Management. She was later promoted to Director of Finance in April 1986; was again promoted to Chief Financial Officer in July 2001; and was ultimately chosen for her current position in August 2009.
During her tenure, Hyatt worked for four County Administrators and twenty-two members of the Board of Supervisors, earning respect and support by demonstrating an unfailing commitment to the betterment of Roanoke County, its people and its communities. Her calm demeanor and collaborative style has helped build strong relationships across the County, encouraging individual decision making while still fostering a group approach to problem solving.
Hyatt was the first Certified Public Accountant in the Finance Department. While there, she developed financial policies and practices which, in 1984, resulted in the County receiving the first of a continuous line of twenty-seven Government Finance Officers Association Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Hyatt was responsible for identifying and managing the financial resources for many significant construction projects, including Spring Hollow Reservoir, Roanoke Valley Resource Authority landfill and transfer station, South County Library, Green Ridge Recreation Center, Fleet Service Center, North County Fire and Rescue Station, Public Safety Center, as well as various school buildings. In this regard, Hyatt developed an exemplary capital funding process for Roanoke County and Roanoke County Public Schools.
During her career, Hyatt served on key governmental boards and commissions, often acting as Treasurer, and played an integral role in developing the sound structure of several important regional initiatives, such as the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority, Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority, Western Virginia Water Authority, and South Peak Community Development Authority.
“The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has relied on Diane’s comprehensive understanding of the County’s budget and outside influences potentially affecting our decision making for years,” says Richard Flora, Chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. “Thanks in large part to Diane, Roanoke County has weathered many downturns in the economy, especially this most recent one that has hit many local governments hard.”
Roanoke County Administrator Clay Goodman adds, “People like Diane are rare. She’s always pleasant, always spot-on in her analysis of a situation, and always works collaboratively for a successful end result. Her vision and leadership will certainly be missed.” A search committee has been formed to find Hyatt’s replacement.
Hyatt and her husband Wayne have two married sons and two granddaughters. Once retired, she plans to spend more time with family and friends, travel, and relax at Smith Mountain Lake.