Julie G. Grandfield, 61, died at her home in Leesburg, VA on August 18, 2017. She was a long-time resident of Loudoun County, VA serving its citizens through a distinguished career with the Loudoun County government and involvement with numerous community organizations.
Ms. Grandfield began her 33-year career with the Loudoun County government in 1984, first working in and then managing the Human Resources Division. As the Division’s Director, she spearheaded the creation and implementation of the current position classi cation and employee performance review systems. She then served as a Policy and Research Analyst, and most recently, as an Assistant County Administrator from 2012 until her retirement on June 28, 2017.
As Assistant Administrator, Ms. Grand eld was responsible for overseeing the departments of Family Services, Health, Juvenile Court Services Unit, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Developmental Services, Community Corrections, and Courts. In this capacity, she played a key role in the development of several Redistricting projects for the County’s Board of Supervisor’s review and approval, oversaw elections, prepared budgets, and managed the non-profit funding review process. In her role as Assistant Administrator she was credited with fostering collaboration among the county’s human services agencies in developing new initiatives and enhancing service delivery to the citizens of Loudoun County.
In recognition of her “tireless dedicated public service and enduring contributions to Loudoun County and its citizens”, the County’s Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution of Appreciation to Ms. Grandfield on June 22, 2017.
Ms. Grandfield was a member of a number of professional organizations, including the International City/County Managers Association, American Society of Public Administrators, International Personnel Management Association, and the Government Finance Officers Association.
Active in the community, Ms. Grandfield was a member of the Board of Directors, Leadership Loudoun and Visit Loudoun. She served as sta liaison to several citizens committees over the years, including the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission. She also coordinated the County’s domestic violence steering committee. And, she was a participant in the 2004 Leadership Loudoun Class.
Born Julie Marie Gardner on August 16, 1956 in Menomonie, WI, Ms. Grandfield attended high school in Morgantown, WV. She majored in speech communications at West Virginia University, receiving her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1978, and her M.A. in 1979.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Joseph Gardner, M.D. and Mary Anne Gardner, R.N.; and her son, Jason Withrow. She is survived by her son, Alex Withrow of Leesburg, VA; husband, Irish Grandfield of Leesburg; two sisters, Susan E. Gardner of San Diego, CA and Nancy Gardner Hargrave of Frederick, MD; and numerous family and friends.
In lieu of owers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the Loudoun County Abused Women’s Shelter or other local charity.