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Unmussig resigns

Recently appointed Cumberland County Administrator Donald Unmussig has resigned.

Donald Unmussig

Unmussig, who succeeded Vivian Seay Giles, began his post as administrator July 15.

Cumberland County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Meinhard stated that he became aware of Unmussig’s resignation Thursday night.

“Yes, it’s true,” said Meinhard. “He resigned. … He’s experiencing some health problems and health conditions, and right now it’s too much for him.”

Meinhard stated that selecting the next appointee will be up to the board.

“As the board chairman, my thought on it is that we do nothing and leave it up to the newly elected board which will be coming in January after the November elections,” he said. “I mean, to me it is ridiculous to appoint or hire a county administrator for a 90-day period when you have a very good likelihood that there’ll be a bunch of new people there in January who want to make their own decisions.”

Unmussig retired in March 2019 from his position as command chief warrant officer for the Virginia Army National Guard.

Meinhard went on to say that Unmussig’s health problems are related to his service in the U.S. military. “He is a veteran, and he has some health-related problems from his active duty service in Afghanistan.”

Cumberland County Finance Director Jennifer Crews explained that she has the ability to sign paychecks if needed after Unmussig’s resignation.

A closed meeting regarding the county administrator position has been scheduled for Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Cumberland County Circuit Courtroom A.