James J.L. Stegmaier

Executive Manager

Jay retired as the Chesterfield County Administrator in June 2016, after having served in that position since July 2007. At that time, the county, along with the nation, soon faced the greatest economic downturn in years. With a focus on fiscal stability and partnerships creating a high-performance, values-driven workplace, he built a team to produce a nationally heralded record as one of the best communities in which to live, work and play.


Jay’s leadership and financial skills made Chesterfield County a model for other local governments navigating the challenges of providing quality public services with less.  

During his tenure, Chesterfield became the lowest-cost, full-service local government in Virginia, maintained one of the few AAA bond ratings with a stable outlook among counties in the US, dramatically cut the county’s debt, and reduced the cost of county government to 1992 levels. He managed the county’s strongest-ever period of economic development, announcing over three billion dollars of planned investment.


Prior to being named county administrator, Jay served as deputy county administrator for Management Services since 1997, and, before that, directed the county’s Budget and Management Department from 1986 until that time. He earned his baccalaureate degree from the Catholic University of America in 1976 with scholarships in engineering and psychology. He holds a master of arts degree (M.A.), in public administration from the University of Virginia with a Public Service Education Program fellowship. He also attended the Government Finance Officers Association Executive Finance Institute at Georgetown University, Leadership Metro Richmond and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia.  In 2002, Stegmaier became a credentialed manager with the International City/County Management Association.