At its March 1 meeting, the Board of Supervisors appointed Tom Fleetwood as the next director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Fleetwood will succeed Kurt Creager, who left the county in the summer of 2015. Since that time, Fleetwood has been serving as acting director for the agency, and will take on his official role as director effective immediately.
HCD serves both as staff to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and as a county department, committed to preserving affordable housing and caring, livable communities in Fairfax County.
Fleetwood has been with HCD since 2005, when he first joined the county as a strategic planner. In that role, he coordinated the development of the agency’s “Housing Blueprint,” a document still used by HCD and the Board of Supervisors today to help develop housing policy. He also served as lead on the development of the county’s Workforce Housing Policy in 2007 and worked extensively on the county’s Five Year Consolidated Plan. In 2011, Fleetwood’s position was reclassified first as an associate director, then as a division director for the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). In this role he maintained his strategic planning responsibilities while also providing additional direct support to the FCRHA Commissioners. Fleetwood also acted as lead staff to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Housing Committee and the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, and played a key role in the preparation of annual budget narratives. He was named acting director of HCD in August 2015.