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Posted on: February 27, 2020

County Selects New Director of Citizen Information and Resources


Citizen Information and Resources 

Feb. 27, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — A familiar face is finding her way back to Chesterfield County. Emily Ashley has been selected as the new Director of Citizen Information and Resources. She will begin working in her new role on Monday, March 9.

Ashley is currently serving as the Division Director of Emergency Management and Workplace Safety in Henrico County, where she was charged with implementing a new division responsible for comprehensive Occupational Safety, Environmental and Health Program, and all facets of emergency management.

“Emily is very familiar with the needs of Chesterfield County and we’re excited to see her return,” said Deputy County Administrator Sarah Snead. “She knows local government well, and we look forward to seeing her implement a variety of engagement initiatives with our citizens while serving in her new role as Director of Citizen Information and Resources.”

A Chesterfield resident, Ashley is a proven leader and coach that leverages her strong engagement experience in working with groups in emergency management.

“I look forward to being part of a talented team in my return to Chesterfield County,” Ashley said. “In this new capacity, I am excited to serve all county residents and enhance partnerships throughout the community.” 

Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role; having served eight years prior as the county’s Emergency Management Coordinator before heading to Henrico in May 2019.

Before joining Chesterfield, Ashley was the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management from July 2009 to July 2011, where she led disaster response and recovery for several natural disasters – including during and after the April 2011 tornado event that destroyed a school and other property in Gloucester. Before joining Gloucester County, she served in a similar capacity as Poquoson’s Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator from November 2005 to June 2009; and as an Emergency Planner in Newport News from December 2003 to October 2005.

Ashley holds a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University and a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University. She is also certified as a Virginia Professional Emergency Manager and is a 2013 Chesterfield County Emerging Senior Leader alumna.

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