Who is my Supervisor?
Ruth Larson, Vice Chair
Ruth Larson is a native of the James City County/ Williamsburg area. She served on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board from 2006 until her election to the Board of Supervisors in 2016. Ms. Larson held the position of Chair of the WJCC School Board for three years. She has served as Chair of the JCC Board of Supervisors and now serves as the Vice Chair. She represents the Board of Supervisors on the Tourism Council, she is currently serving as Chair, on the Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center Board and the School Liaison Committee. She is very active with the Virginia Association of Counties and serves on their Board of Directors and is currently the 1st Vice President of VACO. Ms. Larson is very active in advocacy for the needs of James City County on a Local and State Level.
Ruth Larson is a graduate of the Virginia Association of Counties Certified Supervisor program and she is a graduate of the 2013 Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program. Ms. Larson lives in First Colony neighborhood where she and her family remain active in neighborhood activities, most recently Pickle Ball. She and her husband of 35 years, Craig, are the proud parents of Rob, Caroline and Abby, all three are into their careers and living on their own but still regard James City County as home.
- School Liaison
- Williamsburg Area Medical Assistance Corp (WAMAC)
- Williamsburg Tourism Council
Jim is a retired Air Force officer and a retired Delta Air Lines captain. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1967 and earned his MBA from the University of Utah in 1976. During his career as a fighter pilot, he flew 195 combat missions in the Vietnam War and twice won the Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1987 he began a second career as an Air Line Pilot flying for both Pan Am and Delta, and he served as an elected officer of the Air Line Pilots Association from 1993 through 2005.
Jim was first elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors in 2005 and was re-elected in 2021 to his fourth term. He served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in 2019 and 2020. He also served as Chairman of the Virginia Board of Veteran’s Services from 2016 thru 2019.
Jim and his wife Linda live in Ford's Colony. Their older daughter Cheryl is a retired Air Force officer who lives in Brussels, Belgium and works for NATO. Their younger daughter Cynthia lives in Williamsburg and is a teacher in the Williamsburg-James City County school system.
- Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
- Hampton Roads Workforce Council
Michael J. Hipple, Chair
Michael J. Hipple, Sr. was elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors in November of 2013. Mr. Hipple has lived in James City County since he was 13 years old. He has volunteered with the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years. He is a member of the Williamsburg and Toano Kiwanis, the Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, and the New Kent Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Hipple is president of Michael J. Hipple Builder, Inc., a general contractor business specializing in renovation, remodeling, and building individual custom homes in James City County and the surrounding area for the past 28 years. He and his wife, Kristen, have 7 children, all of whom live in the County.
- Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA)
- Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC)
- Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC)
- Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO)
John J. McGlennon
John has served as the Roberts District Supervisor since 2012, when redistricting drew his home into this district, which runs from the Newport News city line to Jamestown Road, on the south side of the road to the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry dock. It also includes the James Terrace/Magruder Heights neighborhoods. Previously, John served as Jamestown District Supervisor.
As a member of the Board, John has served as Chairman several times, most recently in 2022. He has been a strong advocate for preserving our unique character and small town feel. While seeking to slow the pace of residential development overall, he has also led efforts to make more affordable housing available. Protecting the environment and enhancing our excellent public services have also been his priorities. During his time on the Board, James City County has been recognized for its outstanding fiscal management, earning Triple-A bond ratings from the three major rating agencies.
John has also been a leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia and nationally. He chairs the Coalition of High Growth Communities, and advocacy group for cities and counties that are experiencing high rates of growth. He also chairs the Transit Services Delivery Advisor Committee of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit, which is charged with developing policies for allocating funding for public transit systems. Active in the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) and the Virginia Municipal League, he has provided training for local government officials.
A Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary, John has been President of the Faculty Assembly as well as a chair or member of virtually all major committees. He served as Chair of the Department of Government for 16 years. His special teaching and research fields include political parties, state and local governments and Southern Politics. He has published widely in journals and contributed chapters to a number of books, as well as co-authoring and co-editing two books.
John and his wife Terry have lived in the Rolling Woods neighborhood since 1987, and their two grown sons were educated in the Williamsburg-James City County School District. Terry recently retired from the Newport News Public Schools and has become a Master Gardener.
John grew up in Bay Shore, New York, and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Fordham University. He received his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
- High Growth Coalition
- Historic Virginia Land Conservancy
- School Liaison
Sue Sadler, Vice Chair
Sue Sadler grew up in neighboring York County with her parents and two brothers and is a graduate of York High School. After graduating, Sue worked for Old Point National Bank during the day while attending New Horizons in the evenings. Self-employed for 12 years, Sue retired from her successful small business in 1998.
Sue has been married to Keith Sadler for 26 years. The Sadler family has lived in the Stone House neighborhood since 2003. Outside of her duties to the Board of Supervisors and Board of Directors, Sue spends a great deal of time helping with her two grandsons.
- Agricultural and Forestal District (AFD) Advisory Committee
- Economic Development Authority
- Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Authority