Midlothian District News

Board Elects Chair and Vice Chair

At its Jan. 10 organizational meeting, the Board of Supervisors elected Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle as board chair and Midlothian District Supervisor Leslie Haley as vice chair for 2018. This is the second consecutive year they have held the positions on the board. Additionally, the board adopted its 2018 meeting schedule for the year. A live audio stream of afternoon work sessions and a live video stream of evening meetings are available at chesterfield.gov.

Matthews Named 2018 Virginia Art Educator of the Year

Watkin’s Elementary’s Sarah Matthews recently was named the 2018 Virginia Art Educator of the Year during the Virginia Art Education Association’s annual state conference. The VAEA awards serve to provide tangible recognition of excellence and achievement of the many outstanding individuals and programs of the VAEA. It also focuses professional attention on exemplary art educators, quality art education, and increasing public awareness of the importance of quality art education.

New Mental Health Support Services Hours

The Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services changed its hours beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to enhance customer service.

Police Chief Officially Sworn In

Col. Jeffrey S. Katz was officially sworn in as the county's new police chief Jan. 2. He is Chesterfield's eighth police chief since the department formed in 1914. A Florida native and 25-year veteran of law enforcement, Katz served as the Boynton Beach, Florida, Police Department's chief from 2013 to 2017.

Col. Katz Swearing
The Hon. Timothy J. Hauler, chief judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, administers the oath of office Jan. 2 to Col. Jeffrey S. Katz. Theresa Katz later pinned the badge on her husband.

County Recognized Twice For Energy Efficiency

Chesterfield County recently was recognized with two energy-related awards. The Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Council awarded the county first place for local government for its comprehensive energy management program. For the eighth consecutive year, the Virginia Association of Counties also awarded Chesterfield its Go Green Award.

Experience Chesterfield in Winter

Winter is a delightful time to experience Chesterfield County! Here you’ll find suggestions for where to take the kids when it’s cold outside, for brisk outdoor hikes and for soaking up details about county history. For more ideas, check out other itineraries at ExperienceChesterfield.com.

1917 Courthouse Snow
Historic 1917 Courthouse with snow

Friendly Phone Calls Keep Seniors Connected, Safe

SeniorsThe Chesterfield County Senior Advocate's Telephone Reassurance Program is seeking seniors in the community to receive friendly phone calls from volunteers. Volunteers receive training and make their calls from the Senior Advocate's office four days a week. Seniors can receive calls two, three or four days. Volunteers provide moral support through telephone check-ins to make sure a senior is okay. They will not solve problems, but will provide a listening ear. These calls offer increased socialization, as well as safety checks, and give lonely, isolated individuals something to look forward to. Seniors who would like to receive calls must fill out an application listing their contact information and other details. For more information about this free program, call 768-7878 or email senioradvocate@chesterfield.gov.

County Wins Award for Budget

Chesterfield County recently received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for fiscal 2017. This award reflects the commitment of the county’s budget staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the award, the county had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for an effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well and entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

Tacky Light Run a Snowy Success

The snow didn’t stop this year’s Carmax Tacky Light Run. In fact, it enhanced the 6k holiday-themed fun run through the Walton Park neighborhood and ending at Mid-Lothian Mines Park. Roughly 4,700 runners and walkers enjoyed some of the most festive and “tacky” homes decorated for the holiday season.

2017 Tacky Light Run  

Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow (left) and Midlothian Supervisor Leslie Haley pose with Santa and Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill (right) at the starting line at the Tacky Light Run.  

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