Employee Excellence

The Employee Excellence webpage recognizes those county employees who ensure that resources and services are available for our residents, businesses and guests through innovative adaptations to processes, integrating new technologies and overall committed efforts and resiliency. Many of these stories are recognized by County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey at the monthly Board of Supervisors meetings for exemplifying everyday excellence in service to the county. 

This video serves as a thank you to our county employees who have modified and adapted to continue providing everyday excellence to our citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We stand ready to serve you!

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  5. January Excellence: Mental Health Support Services
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May 2022 Everyday Excellence: Nate Mathis
(Transportation)

During the Thursday, May 26 Board of Supervisors meeting Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey recognized Nate Mathis of Chesterfield County Transportation as the recipient of the May 2022 Everyday Excellence for his work on the North Courthouse Library Connector Trail.

The trail was among 13 winners announced in March by Gov. Glenn Youngkin as a 2022 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award winner, which recognizes the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in four categories: sustainability, environmental project, greening of government and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan.

“This is a really a time to celebrate this trail and specifically the work of Nate Mathis,” said Deputy County Administrator Jesse Smith. “He was really the force behind getting this project done. It’s really a nice achievement and just wanted to say ‘Thank you’ to Nate and give him some recognition.”

The North Courthouse Library Connector Trail was funded and constructed by Chesterfield County’s Transportation Department, in collaboration with three other county departments, and was the first project delivered using the county’s community connectivity sidewalk fund. It connects the 1,900-home Briarcliff subdivision with the North Courthouse Public Library and Fire Station. Completed in Spring 2020, the paved trail is a third of a mile long and has already seen significant use by families as well as fire fighters and library visitors.

“I just want to say thank you so much for funding projects like this,” Mathis told the Board of Supervisors. “We appreciate that because that’s the only way these kinds of projects get done. They don’t score well in state funding so this local funding source is good and we appreciate it. Thank you very so much.”

There are two recreational areas located along the walking and bicycle trail that have playground and exercise equipment, which provide additional recreational opportunities for the community. The library also utilizes the trail for educational purposes, with featured books displayed along the trail page by page. 

Following a compliance review by the Army Corps of Engineers, Mathis and other county staff worked to reroute the trail to ensure that its path did not negatively impact sensitive wetlands. Trees taken down during construction were repurposed for mulch in the exercise areas. 

Chesterfield County’s comprehensive plan includes increasing trails as a way to promote healthy lifestyles. The success of this first library-to-neighborhood trail provides a framework for several other libraries that have been identified as future locations to connect residents to existing public facilities. 

“Nate, you do excellent work on behalf of the county and we appreciate you,” Board of Supervisors Chair Chris Winslow (Clover Hill) told Mathis. “That trail is very popular. It’s always got children and families walking to and from the library and that’s exactly what it’s for. So, we appreciate you.”

For more information, view the Everyday Excellence presentation during the May 26, 2022 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Nate Mathis accepted the 2022 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.Chesterfield Transportation Senior Engineer Nate Mathis, second from left, accepted the 2022 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award last month on behalf of the North Courthouse Library Connector Trail. Joining Mathis are, from left, Travis Voyles, acting secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, Ian Hogan, Timmons Group project engineer, Mike Rolband, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality director, and Matthew Wells, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation director. Mathis was recognized for the honor by the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors with the Everyday Excellence Award on May 26, 2022.