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Dr. Joseph P. Casey

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Joy Galusha 
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Louis G. Lassiter
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Traci Dyer
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Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

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Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Annual Report
Chesterfield County Annual Report - 2010

The nation was still wrestling with the most challenging economic climate since the Great Depression in 2010. County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier acknowledged that while Virginia, like the rest of the nation, continued to face economic challenges in 2011, Chesterfield County has been able to maintain a strong local economic climate.

Under Chairman Daniel Gecker’s chairmanship, the Board of Supervisors demonstrated leadership in managing the county’s financial resources, implementing $14.2 million in general fund budget reductions, while preserving funding for public safety operations at the fiscal 2010 level and limiting the decrease in school funding to just 1.1 percent, thus minimizing the impact on citizens. The fiscal 2011 budget was balanced within the existing tax structure, despite a second consecutive year of sharp declines in general fund revenues. Significant progress was made on the board’s major capital replacement initiative, including replacing five fire engines and securing funding in the fiscal 2011 budget for two additional pieces of apparatus. The county again received its vaunted triple AAA general obligation bond rating despite of one of the deepest economic downturns in decades. The county’s fiscal 2011 general fund operating budget was adopted with an undesignated fund balance level of 8.3 percent, which exceeded the county’s goal of 7.5 percent; and which reserved $19.8 million from fiscal 2010 results of operations for use in the future. This will help insulate the county from the impacts of additional economic uncertainty.

For more information about Chesterfield County, please refer to the department listings and other information available on this site.

Chesterfield County by the Numbers  

  • Population: 2010 population was 316,000. The county is the third largest county in Virginia.
  • Size: 446 square miles, the second largest in the metropolitan Richmond region.
  • Public School System: Fourth largest in the state with more than 60 schools and 58,000 students.
  • Education: 32.6 percent of the county's population (age 25 and up) has a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Enterprise Zones: Two, making up 7,470 acres, with incentives that include tax credits and rebates, fee waivers, utilities connection credits, job grants and loan programs for businesses.

2010 Highlights 

  • People of all ages attended the first Chesterfield Summit on Aging on Sept. 30, participating in workshops about the theme of “Creating Engaged and Livable Communities.” Topics included neighborhood revitalization and planning, affordable housing, transportation, and housing design and accessibility. The keynote speaker was T.K. Somanath, president and CEO of the Better Housing Coalition.
  • In August, Chesterfield County Administrator James J. L. Stegmaier joined representatives from the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs/PTSAs; DuPont Fibers Federal Credit Union; Communities in Schools; Goodwill Industries; local media representatives and others at the Chesterfield Towne Center Mall to encourage Chesterfield County shoppers to support businesses in the county by shopping Chesterfield first. Stegmaier emphasized that a portion of state sales tax on purchases in the county is returned to Chesterfield County to support schools, Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services and other vital county services. Also mentioned at the gathering was a new website at shopchesterfieldfirst.com, which launched in mid-September and includes shopper incentives such as discount coupons, as well as Chesterfield County government information.
  • In September, Henricus Historical Park began its 400th anniversary commemoration at Publick Days, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe, whom she later married. Publick Days was the first event in a year-long celebration that will conclude with the arrival of 17th-century ship replica, the Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement, at Publick Days 2011. Henricus Historical Park is located on 32 acres along the scenic and historic James River and is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area.
  • The year was characterized by historically hot and unusually dry weather and record low-water levels in Lake Chesdin. Chesterfield County implemented water conservation measures in July, and then instituted emergency water restrictions from Sept. 28-Nov. 7 as instructed by the Appomattox River Water Authority, of which it is a member.
  • The Sheriff’s Office implemented technological improvements, including the automation of prisoner booking that enhanced data sharing between its office, the Police Department and other criminal-justice databases. It also added several new treatment programs at the county jail at no cost to taxpayers. 
  • Volunteers with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services completed and filed 198 returns for taxpayers between Jan. 28 and March 25 as part of a regional free tax-preparation program. The site set a record this year for the number of families served. The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services is a member of the Greater Richmond Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition and offers free tax-preparation assistance each year to individuals and families with incomes of $49,000 or less. The assistance is provided with the help of volunteers from the community.
  • Libraries all over Virginia held a “Snapshot Day” between April 19 and 30 to collect information and photos that illustrated the impact Virginia libraries make in their communities on a typical day. The Chesterfield County Public Library held its Snapshot Day on April 27. The event is a project of the Virginia Library Association and the Library of Virginia and was based on similar projects of the same name that began in New Jersey and have been held all over the country. The goal of Snapshot Day was to encourage Virginia libraries to collect and report basic data on a given day between April 19 and 30, such as how many people visited the library, used computers and attended programs; as well as to show images of people using the library and its resources.
  • CitizenGIS, a new online-mapping and aerial-photography feature on chesterfield.gov, is making it easier for the public to access the county’s Geographic Information System. Instead of visiting the county government complex to see detailed map layers and aerial photography, now this information is found on chesterfield.gov. CitizenGIS provides detailed electronic map layers showing parcels and property lines, subdivisions, streets, resource protection areas, public easements, fire hydrants, and areas where zoning cases are pending. It also includes layers showing magisterial and school districts, as well as flood plains and other information. Once in the application, a user can easily navigate through the system. A detailed help guide and “Tips & Tricks” section make an already intuitive system even easier to navigate.
  • The Department of General Services made changes to its curbside recycling program and convenience center operations, which the county hopes will reduce costs while maintaining a high level of service. Beginning July 1, a fee of $25 per year was charged to each household to support the biweekly curbside recycling program, for a net charge of .96 cents per recycling pickup. Residents may recycle paper, cardboard, glass and plastic, reducing the amount of household waste going into local landfills. The fee is included on homeowners’ real estate tax bills, with $12.50 charged each December and June. Residents could opt out of participating and not pay the annual fee by calling the General Services Department’s customer service center at 748-1297 or by completing an online opt-out form. Also effective July 1, Chesterfield County’s two convenience centers for household refuse disposal and recycling began operating under new schedules and a new $7 gate fee. The schedules are as follows: Southern Area Convenience Center, 6700 Landfill Drive, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) and Northern Area Convenience Center, 3200 Warbro Road, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (closed on Wednesday and Thursday).
  • On November 15, The Virginia Department of Transportation and Chesterfield County, assisted by Congressman J. Randy Forbes, Curtis Contracting, Inc. and the Chesterfield County business community, conducted a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of work on the Meadowville Interchange that will link Interstate 295 to the county’s Meadowville Technology Park. The project will add ramps and auxiliary lanes along I-295 and the Route 10 interchange. The 1,300-acre Meadowville Technology Park is a Virginia economic development mega-site and is home to Northrop Grumman’s Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center. Work is expected to be completed by December 2011.
  • The Police Department was one of the top ten localities with populations of 300,000 or more recognized for its crime prevention efforts in the National Night Out Program. The department also earned reaccreditation of its Emergency Communications Center by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.
  • Beginning in November, Public Affairs launched a new e-newsletter, Currents, for residents and others who want to stay informed about Board of Supervisors matters, public meetings, magisterial district updates and other county issues,. It will be published quarterly, and back issues will be archived and available for viewing for a year. Subscribe to Currents 
  • In June, Sarah C. Snead was appointed deputy county administrator for human services. Snead, formerly the director of the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, had served in an interim capacity as deputy administrator since June 2009. Snead has served as director of social services since 1995.
  • Dr. Sheryl Bailey was hired as Chesterfield County’s new deputy county administrator for Management Services. Dr. Bailey was hired after a national search, bringing a great deal of experience in academia, business and government. Dr. Bailey also served as director of Virginia Resources Authority, an independent state agency. In December, she was appointed to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the fifth Virginian to serve on the MSRB since 1975 and the first from a Virginia local government.
  • The county has made significant strides in sports tourism, which included hosting the CBC Bronco World Series and the Capital Cup Lacrosse and USA Field Hockey Tournaments; a groundbreaking for a new aquatics center; and beginning construction for two new artificial turf fields at Stratton Park.  
  • Road projects included securing VDOT revenue sharing funds for projects to include the widening of Powhite Parkway from Route 288 to Watermill Parkway; and securing of regional surface transportation funds to advance priority road projects.
  • Parks and Recreation developed a Sports Tourism Plan through the county’s partnership with Richmond Sports Backers. Phase One of the SportsQuest Campus opened with nine state-of-the-art artificial turf fields and the groundbreaking for a 250,000 square foot center for court sports, fitness and aquatics. The Bronco World Series Tournament in little-league baseball was held at Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge for the first time. More than 450 acres were dedicated as part of the Swift Creek Conservation Area Park.  
  • The Health Department vaccinated more than 45,000 citizens at multiple locations throughout the county during the H1N1 outbreak, ensuring that every person who wished to be vaccinated had the opportunity.
  • Mental Health Support Services launched a new information system that improved the overall quality of care offered to residents.
  • The first Build-A-House project, in partnership with the Technical Center of Chesterfield County Public Schools and Chesterfield Alternatives, Inc., was built. The site will serve as a group home for four individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Human Resource Management developed and launched a new applicant system called NEOGOV, which enables applicants to apply for county positions online at the county’s website, chesterfield.gov.
  • As a regional leader in celebrating Black History Month, the county continued to host numerous events throughout the month of February. These events included a breakfast for business partners, where scholarships were awarded to county high school students, and many library events. The county continues to coordinate other diversity programs with the Diversity Advisory Committee and the Family Work Life Committee.

Special Awards and Recognition 

  • Chesterfield County was once again recognized by America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, presented by ING for its initiatives to help young people. This was the county’s fourth consecutive time being recognized since the program began in 2005. This national competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and providing service and support to their youths.
  • Chesterfield County received five achievement awards from the National Association of Counties. NACo’s membership includes more than 2,000 counties across the country representing more than 80 percent of the nation’s population. The association has been granting annual awards since 1970 recognizing innovative programs or services provided by counties. The 2010 award winners include: Emergency Communications – Metro Richmond Regional Emergency Communication Recruitment Initiative; Human Resource Management – Operational Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Plan; Libraries – Consumer Health Information Project; Planning – Volunteer Sign Removal Program and Risk Management –Driver Safety Program
  • Chesterfield County created a Complete Count Committee to assist the Census Bureau with promoting the 2010 Census locally. The most important message was that the census is … fast, easy, safe, important and required by the U.S. Constitution. The committee developed outreach plans for hard-to-reach communities, including attendance at public events and involvement with the Multicultural Advisory Committee. The goal was to increase the mail-back response rate for Chesterfield County to 80 percent, up from the 78 percent response rate in 2000. That goal was reached. The state average was 72 percent in 2000.
  • The Department of Utilities’ Wastewater Collections Division earned the Department of Environmental Quality’s E2 status. More than 10,000 triploid grass carp were released into Swift Creek Reservoir as an eco-sensitive means to control the invasive plant hydrilla. The county also maintained its ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification status. It is one of only a handful of counties in the U.S. to hold this certification. The county also successfully completed its first stream restoration project.
  • The Department of Information Systems Technology received three awards: the Best of the Web Digital Counties national award for counties with a population of between 250,000 to 500,000; the first place Best of the Web award for all counties in the nation; and the Governor’s Technology Award. The second phase of the human resources/payroll in the In Focus system was implemented, which automated several paper-intensive processes.
  • Nine years into our nation’s longest running war, Chesterfield County continues to support employees who are active in the Reserve and National Guard, many of whom have been called to military service multiple times and for extended periods. Many departments have been affected by the War on Terror. Many of the county’s public-safety departments have a relatively high number of employees who trade their work attire for military uniforms regularly, but smaller departments, as well, employ people who are active in the Reserve and Guard. There currently are 114 employees who are active with the Reserve or National Guard, many of whom have been deployed one or more times.
  • The Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services received a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to fund two new fire-safety training aids. The BullEx Fire Extinguisher Simulators were purchased with grant funds and totaled $24,000. The department also was recognized as a “Patriotic Employer” award winner by the United States Army Guard and Reserve. 
  • Chesterfield County was among the nation’s top participants in the 2010 National Night Out event in August according to the National Association of Town Watch. The county ranked ninth nationally for localities with populations of 300,000 or greater.
  • The county’s received the Government Finance Officer Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting for the 29th consecutive year for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  • The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities’ wastewater treatment plants received Gold and Silver Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, or NACWA, which recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities for their outstanding compliance records. The county’s Falling Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Gold Peak Performance Award, which represents complete and consistent compliance with the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for an entire year. Proctors Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Silver Peak Performance Award for its consistent compliance.
  • Chesterfield County won the highest national award among counties in the digital-government arena by capturing the Digital Counties Survey 2010. The Center for Digital Government announced the winners of its annual survey competition today. The competition is a collaborative effort among the Center for Digital Government, the National Association of Counties, Government Technology magazine and the Digital Communities program. Chesterfield County was among other top contenders categorized by population, including nearby Hanover County, and Maryland’s Charles and Montgomery counties. Chesterfield County captured the top spot among competing counties with populations between 250,000 and 499,999. This year’s competition raised the bar for competitors. While past competitions examined localities’ commitments to cutting-edge technology, this year’s placed an emphasis on how such technologies had improved the lives of government employees and residents.
  • Training magazine has once again named Chesterfield County as the only local government in the nation to earn a spot in its Top 125 list of employers that provide outstanding employee development opportunities through training. This was the county’s fourth consecutive year on the list, moving from 52nd in 2007, to 43rd in 2008, to 38th in 2009, to 12th in 2010. One of the primary reasons the county was selected was for its training programs that focus on providing employees with training that assists with developing skills and abilities related to their jobs, which yields efficiencies and increases employees’ ability to provide consistently excellent customer service.
  • The Chesterfield County Police Department's Law Enforcement Explorer Post 609 placed third in the shoot/don't shoot competition at the 2010 National Law Enforcement Explorer conference at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The explorers are comprised of young men and women from 14-21 who are interested in future law enforcement or criminal justice careers.
    Five members of Chesterfield Law Enforcement Explorer Post 609 competed in the event after training for more than a year in law enforcement skills including burglary in progress, traffic accident investigation, traffic stop, white-collar crime, arrest and search, bomb threat response, crime scene search, hostage negotiation, shoot/don't shoot and emergency field first aid and drill team. More than 2,000 explorers from across the nation competed in the events from July 19-24.
  • The Department of Social Services was one of only two organizations in the country to receive the Gold 2010 Hunger Champion Award.

Transparency: Reaching Out To Residents 

Chesterfield County is committed to keeping county residents informed about issues and services that affect quality of life for residents. This communication is achieved through a variety of mediums including:

  • A five-member Board of Supervisors, elected by district, governs Chesterfield County. The board appoints a county administrator, who directs the county's day-to-day operations. The county has an annual budget of more than $701 million. Board of Supervisors meetings are held in the Public Meeting Room, located in the County Administration Complex at 1001 Iron Bridge Road.
  • CurrentsThe county's department of Public Affairs distributes a free e-newsletter to subscribers who wish to receive district news from the Board of Supervisors and information about county programs, meetings, services and events.
  • Comcast Newsmakers, and Chesterfield Live!monthly programming is offered on COMCAST Cablevision on channels 26 and 17, and on Verizon on channel 27.
  • Parks and Recreation Program Guide— seasonal activities guides are produced three times a year. To sign up for notices of special events, new programs and facilities, registration dates, volunteer opportunities and more, e-mail parksrec@chesterfield.gov. Include name, mailing address and phone number.
  • Spanish Translation — translation assistance is available by calling 796-7085, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For emergencies outside of normal business hours, please call 911. The Emergency Communications Center also provides a service made available by Language Line Inc. This service provides 24-hour over-the-phone interpretation of more than 140 languages. Si usted necesita asistencia en español, por favor marque 804-796-7085.  
  • 1630 AM – The county operates a motorist public-information radio network at 1630 AM. Depending on their proximity to transmitter locations, some residences in the county also may be able to receive information on home radios as well as in their vehicles. The station carries routine county information around the clock and features regular weather updates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s facility in Wakefield, several times each hour. During emergency situations, the station may be used to communicate important information about road conditions, shelters and other topics of interest to the public. 

Listening to You  

There are many ways that residents can communicate with Chesterfield County government and their elected officials. 

Contacting your Board Member: 

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors members are accessible by letter, phone or e-mail. Some hold regular constituent meetings. To be added to your supervisor's mailing list for notifications, call 804-748-1211 or e-mail a request to boardofsupervisors@chesterfield.gov.

All written correspondence should be addressed to P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832.

Bermuda District
Dorothy Jaeckle
Voice mail: 804-768-7398
Fax: 717-6297
jaeckled@chesterfield.gov  

Clover Hill District
Arthur S. “Art” Warren
Voice mail: 804-768-7396
Fax: 717-6297
warrena@chesterfield.gov  

Dale District
James M. “Jim” Holland
Voice mail: 804-768-7528
Fax: 717-6297
hollandj@chesterfield.gov  

Matoaca District
Marlene Durfee
Voice mail: 804-768-7400
Fax: 717-6297
durfeem@chesterfield.gov  

Midlothian District
Daniel A. Gecker
Voice mail: 804-768-7397
Fax: 717-6297
geckerd@chesterfield.gov  

Contacting your County Administrator: 

James J.L. Stegmaier
Office: 804-748-1211
Fax: 717-6297
galushaj@chesterfield.gov  

Other Contacts: 

Get Involved 

  • Subscribe to Currents, Chesterfield County’s free quarterly e-newsletter.
  • Stay informed about events, meetings, workshops and more by checking the Current News and Events section on the homepage.  
  • There are many opportunities to volunteer with Chesterfield County departments, programs and special events. Call 804-751-4142 or e-mail a request to volunteer@chesterfield.gov.
  • CitizenGIS is an online-mapping and aerial-imagery application on chesterfield.gov, makes it easier than ever for the public to get a fix on Chesterfield County geography. CitizenGIS provides detailed electronic map layers showing parcels and property lines, subdivisions, streets, resource protection areas, public easements, fire hydrants and areas where zoning cases are pending.
 
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