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
County Administration and Management
Criminal Justice and Public Safety
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).
Boots on the Ground
Chesterfield County’s Boots on the Ground program is a collaboration between 49 County staff members representing 13 County departments and the local division of the Virginia Department of Health. Participants include staff from Community Enhancement, the Fire Marshal’s office, Building Inspections, Planning, Mental Health, community police officers, and Social Services, among others. Staff from these departments are the County’s representatives physically present in the field. They are the County’s representatives who most frequently interact with Chesterfield’s residents and observe the conditions of residential and commercial properties across the county. BOTG provides an opportunity for Chesterfield’s front line staff to regularly address shared problems related to zoning enforcement, housing for vulnerable populations, remediating blighted properties to promote safe neighborhoods, and unique issues that are best solved by a coordinated approach from the County. Boots on the Ground members are supported by the County Attorney’s office and the Deputy County Administrator for Community Development. Boots on the Ground is a forum that promotes intragovernmental cooperation and communication by creating a trusted, collegial space for front line staff to share observations and expertise and ask for input from departments who may have different perspectives on the same issue. Boots on the Ground meets quarterly, and communication between staff is encouraged between meetings as issues arise. As a result of Boots on the Ground, relationships between County departments are created and strengthened, communication pathways are established, and issues relating to health, safety, and welfare of County residents are addressed in a timely and holistic manner. View the Boots on the Ground submission (PDF).
Davis Child Advocacy Multidisciplinary Team
The Multidisciplinary Team at the Davis Child Advocacy Center in Chesterfield County offers new services to County residents, particularly children, enhances the level of citizen understanding of the offerings of the Child Advocacy Center, and promotes coordination to address the community problem of child abuse. The MDT is a service provided by the willingness and dedication of County departments and community partners like the Bon Secours forensic nursing program to work together in recognition that child abuse is best tackled through a multidisciplinary approach. In 2023, the CAC was fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. As a result, the MDT’s policies and procedures 6 ensure compliance with State and National Accreditation standards for a best practice, collaborative response to child abuse cases. The team’s approach encompasses the expertise and dedication of its members – from law enforcement and social services to mental health services and therapy to nursing and attorneys. Every professional on the MDT has valuable insight and expertise that they bring to the team to achieve its goals of maximizing services to families affected by child abuse and exploitation. The process begins with coordinating criminal investigation of child abuse to determine the facts, identifying therapeutic and medical services that can assist the family, scheduling a forensic interview with the child, and working toward successful prosecution of abusers. Each member of the MDT recognizes the value of contributing and takes time away from his/her primary duties to participate in monthly meetings and frequent case-specific communications amongst MDT members. The MDT is not an added cost to the County, but the added benefits of the collaboration between its members for abused children and their families are immeasurable. View the Davis Child Advocacy Multidisciplinary Team submission (PDF).
Rapid Engagement Correctional Outreach Navigators (RECON)
Rapid Engagement Correctional Outreach Navigators (RECON) is a team of peer recovery specialists that work inside the Chesterfield County Jail. The peer navigators are George Mason University employees hired through the Empowered Community Opioid Project (ECOP) that work in the intake unit of the jail. The project launched in December of 2022. The program follows a Bridge model utilizes principles from care coordination, case management, and population health to maximize health outcomes and resource utilization for populations and the individuals within them, in this case, those high-risk individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). The Bridge process focuses on coordinating care through cross-sector system collaboration followed by individualization of that care. The special part about the RECON team is that two out of the three peer staff, came through the Jail’s own drug treatment program, HARP. Utilizing the jails own program alumni to make a further impact for the OUD community spreads hope to those that are struggling with OUD and incarceration that recovery is possible. View the Rapid Engagement Correctional Outreach Navigators (RECON) submission (PDF).
Third-Party Notification Program for Chesterfield County Utilities Customers
At the beginning of 2022, the Chesterfield County Utilities Department improved a Third-Party Notification Program for relatives, friends, or guardians of elderly 7 and disabled customers to prevent possible service disconnection. The program was called Concern About Relatives and Elders, also known as CARE. Over the last ten years Chesterfield County’s population increased 15% and the population of persons 65 years and over increased 19%. It is important we show kindness and concern for our elderly and disabled customers, especially those living alone, to make sure their water and wastewater services are not interrupted. For 2021, the population of persons 65 and up in Chesterfield County was 15.8%. There are 25,899 veterans living in Chesterfield County, and 8.8% of the County’s population under the age of 65 are living with a disability. This new brochure was a result of continuous monitoring of our processes and programs, implementing changes through recommendations and needs. We focused on listening to our customers and co-workers through suggestions and other means to improve processes. View the Third-Party Notification Program for Chesterfield County Utilities Customers submission (PDF).
Chesterfield departments have received the following accreditations awarded by the listed independent accrediting agencies. View accreditations specific to environmental stewardship.
Dr. Joseph P. CaseyCounty Administrator
Joy GalushaExecutive Assistant
Traci DyerExecutive Assistant
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