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Thomas Gates- Roanoke CountyThomas Gates – call him Tom – takes over as Roanoke County administrator at the end of December. He has been Deputy City Manager in Alexandria. Gates is a former journalism student at Maryland who turned to government and politics as a major.  He was announced as the choice for County Administrator yesterday – after the Board voted to hire him on Tuesday … and he spent a few minutes on the phone with WFIR’s Gene Marrano: