Pulaski County announces new Community Development and Planning & Zoning Director

Pulaski County is pleased to announce that Ashlyn Shrewsbury, CEcD, has been hired to lead the Planning & Zoning Department and head-up the County’s community development efforts, starting June 1, 2022. The Planning & Zoning
Department will be adding a community development and project management component to its
focus to support Pulaski County’s Comprehensive Plan goals, advance the 40-by-30 initiative and
provide the capacity needed to robustly pursue a variety of post-COVID project and program
opportunities.
“We are excited to share that Ashlyn Shrewsbury will be officially joining the Pulaski County
Team and bringing her experience and talents back home to help advance our Comprehensive
Plan objectives and elevate Pulaski County to a next-level rural community”, stated Jonathan D.
Sweet, County Administrator. “We have assembled a very strong, talented and committed
County Leadership Team, and now with Ashlyn coming on board as our newest member, I am
even more confident about what we are going to be able to achieve as part of our strategic
development efforts.”
The Community Development and Planning & Zoning Director will be overseeing community
development projects and leading the planning and zoning functions of the department. Ms.
Shrewsbury will be assisted by Markie Saunders, Planning & Zoning Coordinator and John
Crockett, Community Development Project Manager and GIS Coordinator.
“I am so excited to be returning to Pulaski County and working for the community I grew up in”,
stated Ashlyn Shrewsbury, Community Development and Planning & Zoning Director. “I truly
believe my professional experience over the last eight years will be a major asset to the County,
and I can’t wait to get to work helping make the 40-by-30 initiative a reality.”
Ashlyn Shrewsbury is a native of Pulaski County and a graduate of Pulaski County High School.
She graduated UNC Charlotte with a Masters of Public Administration (MPA), and a BA in
Political Science. She received her Certified Economic Development Credential (CEcD) from
the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2018 and has been a professional
economic and community development practitioner for Gaston County, NC, Montgomery
County, VA, and most recently for the City of Tampa, FL. She has over 8 years of economic and
community development experience, a heart for public service and a desire to serve Pulaski
County, VA and its citizens. Ms. Shrewsbury will be replacing Elaine Holeton who left Pulaski
County in January of this year to serve as the Town of Wytheville’s Assistant Town Manager.