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Christy Parker: Washington County Assistant Administrator
Photo by Tom Horsch
Christy Parker, Washington County,
Virginia Assistant Administrator on her bike on the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus,
by Su Clauson-Wicker
Christy Parker may be the only
assistant county administrator with three strands of barbed wire on the front of her desk.
The rusty fencing doesnt signify a hands-off attitude on the part of the Washington
County official; shes merely being punny.
You see, Parker, who competed in
the 1985 and 1986 National Fencing Championships, once mentioned her skill to a Washington
County native who knew something about fencing himself. The next day he presented her with
something he thought she would appreciateantique barbed wire fencing. It was one of
the funniest misunderstandings shes experienced.