Assistant School Superintendent Stafford retiring


The Patriot

Chris Stafford, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations in Pulaski County Public Schools is retiring.

His plans became public Tuesday when – during a meeting of the School Board – his name was listed among the several personnel actions approved by the board.

The effective date of Stafford’s retirement is June 30, 2023.

In November, Stafford won election to his first term on the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors representing the Cloyd District. Running as an independent, Stafford defeated incumbent Adam Hall, a Republican.

A major issue in the supervisor race centered around how Stafford could serve on the Board of Supervisors, but also remain employed as the top finance official for the school system – especially during times when school funding is being considered by the supervisors.

Now with his decision to retire, that conflict as some saw it won’t be an issue.

Stafford, a native of Fairlawn, has worked for the school system for 15 years. He started in 2007 as the Director of Finance before being promoted in 2016 to Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

Prior to joining the school system, Stafford worked as a bank manager in Dublin and then as a business manager for the New River  Health District.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves, Stafford earned a Bachelors in Accounting from Virginia Tech and his Masters in Business Administration from Radford University.

He and his wife of 29 years, Kim live in Fairlawn and attend Dublin United Methodist Church.

Among other retirements approved Tuesday by the School Board was Ethelene Sadler, loongtime Director of Nutrition Services. The effective date of her retirement is also June 30, 2023.