Bermuda District News

Jeffrey Katz Named County's Next Chief of Police

Jeffrey S. KatzChesterfield leaders recently named Jeffrey S. Katz the county's next chief of police. The Florida native currently is chief of the Boynton Beach, Florida, Police Department. Chief Katz will start Jan. 2. Watch the recent announcement.


We're Updating Websites, and Need Your Input

Website Modernization SurveyChesterfield County government and Chesterfield County Public Library are upgrading websites to better serve customers. We're asking the public to complete a short, online survey about the government and library websites, as well as general preferences. Citizen input will be used to redesign the websites to a more customer-focused approach. The online survey can be found at, and you can provide input through Friday, Dec. 15.


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


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.

Parade of Lights Postponed

The 25th annual James River Parade of Lights was postponed until July 2018 due to the region’s first snowfall in early December. The James River Advisory Council will announce the new date in January.

Niagara Bottling Holds Ribbon Cutting

Niagara Bottling held a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 17 at its 557,000-square-foot facility at Meadowville Technology Park.

Niagara Opening 

Niagara Bottling Co. employees more than 100 people at its Chesterfield facility. 

Hops in the Park A Success

Hops in the Park, a premiere, one-of-a-kind harvest festival held at Henricus Historical Park Nov. 11, featured Virginia craft beer and cider, Virginia hops farmers, food, a Virginia-Grown Farmers Market, live music and, of course, Virginia history. Representatives from breweries were on hand to discuss their beer and the Virginia-grown ingredients in their harvest beers and ales.

Hops in the Park 2017 

Chesterfield Police Officer Receives Gold Valor Award

Officer First Class Christopher Hodges of the Chesterfield County Police Department recently received the Gold Award at the annual Retail Merchants Valor Awards breakfast, which recognizes law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel for heroic actions in the line of duty. On Thanksgiving Day last year, Hodges responded to a call about a man robbing a convenience store on Chester Road. Upon seeing Hodges, the man fled into the woods and shot at Hodges several times. Hodges returned gunfire and hit the man, who crawled out of the woods and was arrested. Hodges also received another award the same day for rescuing someone from a burning car.

Valor Awards 

Interim Police Chief Dan Kelly (left) presented Officer First Class Christopher Hodges the Gold Valor Award on Wednesday. Hodges was honored for his response to a robbery call last Thanksgiving. Photo courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

FY2017 Annual Report Published

The FY2017 Annual Report is out! The interactive document was presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 25.

Annual report 

Courthouse Centennial Celebrated

The centennial celebration of the Historic 1917 Courthouse was held on Oct. 26, the 100th anniversary of the day the cornerstone was laid. Soldiers from Fort Lee were there, also celebrating the post's 100th anniversary. After the ceremony, a reenactment of the first court case was held in the courtroom, which is still in use.

Courthouse Centennial 

Unveiling of new interpretive sign celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Historic 1917 Courthouse. From left to right: Liess van der Linden-Brusse, Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow, Midlothian Supervisor Leslie Haley, Matoaca Supervisor Steve Elswick, George “Buddy” Cranford, Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, Dale Supervisor Jim Holland and County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey. 

Chesterfield Joins Region To Find Solutions to Opioid, Heroin Abuse

Chesterfield joined Richmond and Henrico and Hanover counties to present a free summit Oct. 26, to examine and identify solutions to the alarming rise of heroin and opioid abuse in central Virginia. The event, titled Revive RVA: Regional Solutions to the Opioid Crisis, was held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in downtown Richmond.

Revive RVA 

Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle provided remarks to those in attendance about Chesterfield’s effort to curb heroin and opioid abuse. 

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