County Awards and Accreditations

National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards

Chesterfield County received 36 achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) in 2023. These awards recognize the ways that local governments are providing better, more innovative services to their residents and strengthening communities across the country.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. The awards are given in categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services that counties provide. The categories include historic preservation, public information, community and economic development, criminal justice, county administration, financial management, environmental protection, information technology, health, libraries, civic engagement and many more.

“I would first like to congratulate each department who either was nominated or received an award,” said Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey. “The work done by the employees of Chesterfield County Government continues to not only improve the lives of residents, businesses and visitors alike, but it also speaks for the level of expertise and talent that the county has recruited and retained. Accolades like these are proof positive of the work we do and why Chesterfield is and continues to be a first choice community. I am very proud to see that hard work recognized by the National Association of Counties.”

2023 NACo Achievement Awards

Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Awards

Chesterfield County received five 2023 Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) achievement awards, including the Best Large County Achievement Award. Chesterfield has earned 49 VACo achievement awards since the program’s founding in 1982, with at least one award per year, and leads VACo’s all-time achievement list as most awarded.

“I am so proud to see Chesterfield’s hard work recognized once again by the Virginia Association of Counties,” said County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey. “We are a highly innovative community that’s focused on serving our residents, businesses and visitors. Chesterfield is humbled to receive our five awards this year, including the Best Large County Achievement Award, as well as lead the all-time achievement list with 49 total awards.”

2023 VACo Achievement Awards

Chesterfield Recovery Academy - Best Large County Achievement Award

Recovery high schools are designed to provide both a supportive academic environment and a purposeful daily structure to guide students who are recovering from substance use disorder with the goal of graduating from high school. Chesterfield Recovery Academy is an in-person program designed to allow students throughout the Region entry no matter where they are in their high school journey. This innovative program was funded through the Virginia State Legislature and grant funding. The learning outcomes are accomplished using online coursework and a Student Support and Academic Facilitator who help students with their work and academic goals while the therapeutic outcomes are supported by multiple clinicians hired through the local community services board. View the Chesterfield Recovery Academy submission (PDF).


Chesterfield departments have received the following accreditations awarded by the listed independent accrediting agencies. View accreditations specific to environmental stewardship

Chesterfield DepartmentAccreditation ProgramIndependent Accrediting Agency
Budget and ManagementDistinguished Budget Presentation AwardGovernment Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Building InspectionBuilding Department AccreditationInternational Accreditation Service (IAS)
Drug CourtDrug CourtVirginia Supreme Court - Office of Executive Secretary
Emergency Communications Center (ECC)Emergency Communications CenterCommission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
Fire and EMSCommission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) Accredited AgencyCenter for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE)
Fire and EMSNational Registry Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (NREMTP) CourseCommittee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)
Fire and EMSEmergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMTB) CourseVirginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS)
Internal AuditPeer ReviewAssociation of Local Government Auditors
Juvenile Justice ServicesJuvenile DetentionAmerican Correctional Association (ACA)
Mental Health Support Services (MHSS)Accredited ProgramCommission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
Parks and RecreationCommission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) AccreditedNational Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)
PolicePoliceCommission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
ProcurementQuality Public Procurement Department (QPPD)National Association of Governmental Procurement, NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
UtilitiesPartnership for Safe WaterAmerican Water Works Association
UtilitiesPeak Performance AwardNational Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
UtilitiesVirginia Environmental Excellence ProgramVirginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
UtilitiesLaboratory State CertificationVirginia Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services