Pulaski County Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors is the chief policy making body for Pulaski County. The five board members are elected by the citizens of Pulaski County in their respective magisterial districts to serve four year terms. In addition to setting policy for the county, the Board of Supervisors also appoints members to County boards, authorities, commissions and committees, appoints the County Administrator to carry out daily operations and approves all local tax rates and County budget.
Meet the Board Of Supervisors
Laura's professional background included counseling for Mount Rogers Mental Health Services Board and teaching and counseling at National Business College, Wytheville and New River Community Colleges. She founded and managed Career Directions, a business consulting and outplacement firm in 1989, working there until retiring in 2011. Since that time, Laura has continued her career with volunteer work, serving on various boards and organizations, including the Pulaski County Humane Society as member and Past President and Pulaski County's representative on the New River Valley Community Services Board. She served on the Sea Scouts Advisory Board and is a Boating Safety Instructor for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.
Laura's most recent work includes serving as Chair, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors; Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) 12th District Representative; Current Vice Chair and Past Chair for New River Conservancy; Lake Environmental Chair and Past President, Friends of Claytor Lake Board of Directors; Friends of Peak Creek Board of Directors; Pulaski County Clean Community Council; Financial Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 83; Virginia Safe Boating Council and Claytor Lake Technical Advisory Committee; Onward NRV and Executive Committee Boards; Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Consortium Board-Executive Committee; Virginia's First Economic Development Board of Directors; New River Community Action Board of Directors; Pulaski Encouraging Progress Steering Committee; and Pulaski County Library Board.
Laura was honored by the New River Conservancy in 2021 with the Wallace and Peggy Carroll Vigilance Award for her work in protecting the waters, woodlands and wildlife of the New River and by Friends of Claytor Lake as Volunteer of the Year in 2015 and the Past President Award in 2021.
Laura is married to Jeff Arnold and lives at Claytor Lake with her rescue dogs. She has three children, a daughter, Brett, who attended Gardner Webb University in Shelby, NC and works for NRVCS in Pulaski; and sons, Evan, who attended Radford University and the University of Taiwan and is Communications and Creative Director and Commissioner of the World Knife Throwing League, living in Roanoke; and Ethan, who attended New River Community College and works as an Instrumentation/Electronics Technician at Radford Arsenal and lives in Dublin.
Laura's hobbies and interests include Siberian husky rescue, travel, wildlife rehabilitation, reading, biking, and all water sports.
Dirk is a 1987 graduate of Radford University. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Management. Dirk currently serves as a substitute teacher and part-time/substitute bus driver for Pulaski County Public Schools.
Mr. Timothy E. Kirtner, Esq.
Gilmer Sadler Ingram Sutherland & Hutton, LLP
Board of Supervisors Mission Statement
It is our mission as a Board to take PRIDE in serving the citizens of Pulaski County;
To provide EXCELLENCE in employee performance, agency and commission support, intergovernmental relations and public service delivery; and
To have a VISION for the growth and development of our community.