The Town Manager is charged with the responsibility of executing the policies set by the Town Council and for the coordination and delivery of municipal services as the chief administrative officer. This responsibility and authority is conferred by the Town of Warrenton's Charter and the Town Council. The municipal services include Economic Development, Finance and Human Services, Police, Planning and Zoning, Public Works and Public Utilities.
Additionally, the Town Manager serves as the legislative liaison for the Council, develops the Town's annual budget, prepares monthly Council agenda and other communications for use and consideration by the Town Council. The Manager also provides for effective communication with other agencies of government at the local, state and federal level, which are crucial tasks undertaken in conducting the Town's business. The development of options for Council's consideration and developing innovative solutions to better serve the Town’s citizens are the primary roles of the Town Manager's office.
Brandie Schaeffer, Town Manager
P.O. Drawer 341
Warrenton, VA 20188-0341
Brandie grew up in the heart of Texas, in the fast growing City of Austin. She attended Texas State University on a debate scholarship and played soccer while obtaining her Bachelors' Degree in Public Administration.
She began her career with an engineering firm, and later worked for a law firm in land use while obtaining her Master's Degree in Urban Economics from Virginia Tech University. In this capacity she represented national corporations including CVS, Home Depot and 7-11. She worked for a national trade association on building code regulations for a period of over seven years and also holds one of the first LEED-AP certifications. She worked to effectuate building code changes around sustainable initiatives, as well as energy efficiency ratings in over seventeen states. Brandie has also consulted for local governments throughout her career including the Zoning Code rewrite for Culpeper County, Wireless Code for Fauquier County, Development Services Audit for Manatee County Florida as well and a comprehensive Downtown Economic Plan for the City of Las Vegas.
She is active in the American Planning Association and currently holds an executive level elected position with the Virginia Chapter as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs, where she represents the Chapter in Richmond on key planning issues.
After a successful career in the private sector working as a consultant, she joined the Town of Warrenton in 2016 as the Director. Brandie is currently the Interim Town Manager of the Town of Warrenton.
The Town Manager's Office is directly staffed by the Town Manager, and a Town Clerk.