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Posted on: January 8, 2020

Chesterfield County Hires Three New Department Directors

Headshots of Andrea Peeks, Brent Epps and Khara Durden

Administration

January 8, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Today, Chesterfield County announced the hiring of three new department directors. On Monday, Jan. 13, Andrea Peeks will take over as director of Budget and Management and Donald “Brent” Epps Jr. will become the director of Transportation. On Monday, Feb. 10, Khara Durden will begin as the director of Internal Audit.

  • Andrea Peeks is a Midlothian resident who currently works as the budget and performance reporting manager for Virginia Retirement System (VRS). There, she directs the development, administration and activity-based costing of the agency operating budget; works with stakeholders to develop and implement agency priorities, policies and programs; serves as a liaison on agency budget matters to the VRS Board of Trustees; and more. Before joining VRS in 2017, Peeks worked for the Virginia Department of General Services as deputy director of the Division of Engineering and Buildings from 2013 to 2017. She was a budget and policy analyst for the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget from 2006 to 2012. 

Peeks received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and her Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a graduate of the spring 2019 class of the Chesterfield County Government Citizens Academy, which provides an opportunity for residents to learn about their local government through interactive sessions and tours of facilities.

  • Brent Epps is a lifelong resident of Chesterfield who currently serves as the assistant director of the county’s Transportation Department, a position he has held since April 2018. As assistant director, Epps is responsible for assisting the department director in implementing the mission of the department, assisting in the development of the annual budget, evaluating the efficiency of department programs, operations and procedures, and more. Prior to holding his current position, Epps served as an engineering supervisor for the Transportation Department from 2013 to 2018. Before joining the county, Epps was a group leader for IDOM Inc. (formerly AEC Engineering), an international engineering, architectural and consulting firm.

Epps has received training from Chesterfield County’s Emerging Senior Leaders Program, the University of Virginia’s Transportation Project Management Institute and holds a Professional Engineer License from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University.

  • Khara Durden joined Chesterfield County Government in 2017 in her current role as technology audit manager. She is responsible for managing and training audit staff on projects including performance audits, external audit support and more. Durden has also performed several complex internal audits since her hire and is responsible for articulating her findings and recommendations to county and school administration. Before joining Chesterfield County, Durden worked for eight years in Chattanooga, Tennessee as an audit manager for Henderson, Hutcherson and McCullough, PLLC, an accounting and consulting firm.

Durden is a certified public accountant, certified information systems auditor and a certified fraud examiner. She is a member of several professional associations and committees, including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Information Systems Audit and Controls Association, the Virginia Local Government Auditors Association and the Chesterfield Federal Credit Union Loan Committee.

Durden received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga and Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

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