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Todd Kaufman was confirmed as the Loudoun County assessor by the Board of Supervisors Sept. 6. Kaufman will begin his employment Oct. 6.

Kaufman comes to Loudoun County from the City of Richmond, where he served as deputy director in the Office of the Assessor of Real Estate. Before joining the Richmond Assessor's office in 1996, he had managed an appraisal/consulting firm in Vermont for six years. He also has 10 years of experience in law enforcement.

He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at East

Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in administration and finance from St. Michael's College in Vermont.

As county assessor, Kaufman will be responsible for managing the county's real estate assessment program, including both commercial and residential property assessments, administration of the Land Use Assessment Program and creation of the County's Land Book. The program is a part of the Department of Management and Financial Services.

Commerce Bank has named Sam M. Tabbara manager of its first location to open in Alexandria. The branch is under construction in Old Town Alexandria and is expected to open in September.

Tabbara will be responsible for new business development, consumer lending and managing personnel and day-to-day operations at the Alexandria location.

Tabbara joins Commerce with more than five years of banking experience and most recently was a branch manager at Chevy Chase Bank. A resident of Potomac Falls, Tabbara is a member of the Herndon Dulles and Alexandria Chambers of Commerce.

Daniel L. Grubb, a Leesburg attorney with the firm of Dunlap, Grubb, Weaver and Whitbeck P.C., was deployed with the 1-158th Cavalry as the task force commander to provide security in Gulfport, Miss., and assist with the Hurricane Katrina clean up. Grubb spent a year in Afghanistan with the U.S. Special Forces, returning recently. In addition, Thomas M. Dunlap, also an attorney with the same firm, was asked to serve on Shenandoah University's Northern Virginia Campus Advisory Council.