In a move that has left many scratching their heads and checking their calendars to confirm it is indeed the 21st century, County Executive Chris Shorter has once again demonstrated his unique approach to filling senior leadership positions. The latest addition to the all-male leadership team is Wade Hugh, appointed as the Deputy County Executive for Community Development.
Shorter, who seems to have a knack for finding men who share his passion for public service, expressed his delight at Hugh's appointment. "Wade is a proven leader," Shorter said, conveniently forgetting to add, "and also, he's a man, which is the only gender I trust to make decisions in my administration. It's like a secret club, but the secret is we don't let women in."
Hugh, who has more than 27 years of experience in the development and environmental field, will be responsible for overseeing the county’s development services agencies. This includes Development Services, Economic Development, Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Planning, Public Works and Transportation, as well as the Office of Environmental Sustainability. He will also serve as the liaison to the Service Authority and Quantico Marine Corps Base, because, as we all know, women can't possibly handle such tasks.
When asked about his new role, Hugh said, “I am honored and humbled by this appointment,” which is exactly what you'd expect to hear from someone who just won the 'Not a Woman' lottery. "I look forward to continuing to serve the county in my new role as Deputy County Executive," he added, presumably while practicing his 'manly' handshake and brushing up on his sports trivia.
Meanwhile, local women leaders are reportedly mobilizing to challenge the county's apparent gender bias in leadership roles. As they strategize to bring about change, the question hangs in the air: will Shorter finally diversify his leadership team and appoint a woman to a senior position?
As we continue to monitor Prince William County's local government hiring process, it remains to be seen whether Shorter will break his pattern and trust a woman with a senior leadership role. Grab your popcorn, folks, this is one show you don't want to miss!