J. Richard Blankenship

J. Richard Blankenship


LAWRENCEVILLE – J. Richard Blankenship is the new Director of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services and he looks forward to serving the citizens of Brunswick County. 

Blankenship comes to the area from Ironton, Ohio and was the former Assistant Director with Lawrence County, Ohio, Department of Job and Family Services. A position he held for 4 1/2 years. He worked in children services for 8 years. Blankenship also served as the Mayor of the City of Ironton for 8 years and as a council member of the City of Ironton for 6 years. Blankenship is a graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky. 

Blankenship said he has received a very warm welcome to Brunswick County and commended the staff. 

“Everyone has made me feel so welcome. The staff is incredible and I look forward to getting to know each member. My wife (Carla) and I are in the process of trying to find a place to live,” Blankenship said. 

Blankenship attended the meetings of the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors, Lawrenceville Town Council and Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, a step toward getting to know people. 

Blankenship said he has an “open door” policy and welcomes feedback and suggestions from the staff and community. 

Blankenship’s hobbies include playing guitar and fishing. 

He is the father of 21-year-old twins, a son employed at Toyota in Georgetown, Kentucky, and a daughter, a senior at Morehead State University. 

“The age of our children was a factor in making this move. They are adults and my wife and I wanted to start a new chapter. When we heard about this opening, it just seemed right,” Blankenship said. 

Blankenship can be reached at (434) 848-2142 (hit 0 for the operator) or toll free at (888) 222-0512 (hit 0 for the operator). His email address is joseph.blankenship@dss.virginia.gov The Brunswick County Department of Social Services is located at 201 Sharp Street, Lawrenceville.