Dear Friends and Visitors,
Welcome to Chesterfield County, a FIRST CHOICE community for residents, businesses and visitors.
If you are a Chesterfield County resident, you can take pride in the recognition we have already received, such as "The 17th Best Place to Live in America;" "One of the 100 Best Communities in America for Young People;” very low crime rates and many other accomplishments. Providing you with the best possible quality of life is our main mission as a local government.
If you operate, or are contemplating operating, a business in the county, you’ll find that we are business friendly, from fast tracking site development for new business to supporting existing businesses of all sizes. We also have an extremely low machinery and tools tax rate.
And, if you are visiting us, you’ll find that Chesterfield County is a historic treasure. Early English settlers established the 1611 Citie of Henricus here along the James River just four years after founding Jamestown, making Henricus the second-oldest English-speaking settlement in the New World. Here they established the first hospital, the first commercial production of tobacco, the first chartered college and the first iron furnace in the New World, and much more.
For residents, businesses and visitors alike, what makes us such a special place is our people, both in our communities and in our local government, and the way in which everyone works together. It's that teamwork that makes us what we are, and that will carry us into the future as we mold the Chesterfield County of tomorrow. I welcome your comments on our website, and your suggestions for how we should move forward as a community.
Dr. Joseph P. Casey has been the Chesterfield County Administrator since July 1, 2016.
Prior to his tenure with Chesterfield County, Casey served as deputy county manager of finance and administration for Henrico County for three years and similar roles as a deputy county administrator and finance director with Hanover County from 1990-2013.
Casey holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Richmond. In addition, Dr. Casey also has a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in Public Policy and Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Casey is a certified public accountant who started his career with KPMG accounting firm in 1986. His professional affiliations include the International City/County Management Association, and Virginia Local Government Management Association, for which he serves on their executive board. Prior affiliations include Government Finance Officers Association, for which he has served on their executive board and the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association, for which he has served as their president.
Casey serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority, The First Tee Richmond and Chesterfield, the Appomattox River Water Authority and the South Central Wastewater Authority, and he serves on the Capital Region Collaborative and the Innovation Council of Virginia Biotechnology Research Park.
Prior community affiliations include roles on the Board of Directors for Housing Opportunities Made Equal and Virginia Equal Housing Foundation. In addition, he has previously served as an adjunct professor for Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech University.
Casey and his wife, Suzanne, have three children.