Susan Cockrell

Susan Cockrell joined the Town of Kilmarnock in 2007 as its Community Development Strategist following a 25 year career in manufacturing management living in cities across the United States. Susan served as the Deputy Town Manager from 2012 to 2019 when she became the Town Manager for Kilmarnock, population 1400.

A College of William and Mary graduate whose first tourism adventure was working in the lodging industry in Williamsburg, Cockrell also holds an MBA in Industrial Marketing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

She, along with Michelle Brown, Economic Development and Tourism Director for Middlesex County, are the “founding mothers” of Virginia’s River Realm, the tourism brand for Lancaster and Middlesex counties, where the Rappahannock River meets the Chesapeake Bay.


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