Chesterfield County Human Resources
Sept. 7, 2021
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County has been recognized by ‘Forbes’ as one of America’s Best-In-State Employers for 2021.
The annual award list was created through a survey of 80,000 U.S. employees across 25 different industry sectors. Forbes collected direct recommendations from employees as well as indirect recommendations from workers in the industry.
“We are so excited to be among the 12 government services employers in Virginia to be included in this recognition from Forbes,” said County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey, who celebrates the new distinction in this video. “Chesterfield is a First Choice Community for residents, businesses, and visitors, and that extends to our employees as well. What makes this such a special place is our people, both in the community and in the local government, and the way in which everything works together. It’s that sense of teamwork that sets Chesterfield apart and makes it such a great place to live and to work.”
Over the past 40 years, Chesterfield has grown from mostly rural farmland to become one of the most populous counties in Virginia, a bustling suburb with more than 360,000 residents. But one thing has not changed: The county’s shared purpose and mutual respect is a big reason why it’s earned this honor from Forbes.
The survey considered every aspect of an employees’ experience such as working conditions, salary, potential for growth, and diversity. Of the thousands of companies eligible for this recognition, only a select few are awarded in each state.
“The fact that this recognition was based on employees’ input, without leaders knowing Forbes was conducting employee surveys, makes the recognition truly exceptional,” Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Holland said. “Being recognized as one of the best employers among all sectors, either private or public, is verification that Chesterfield is maintaining a workplace culture that values the people providing local government services as much as it values those we serve. It also sets Chesterfield in a unique position among local governments in the region, and among all employers, to continue attracting and retaining the best people, who do extraordinary work every day, even during a time of great professional and personal challenge related to the ongoing pandemic. I speak for the entire Board of Supervisors when I say we simply could not be more proud.”
“We are so excited about this recognition from Forbes magazine,” said Director of Human Resources Mary Martin Selby. “It shows just how much our focus on recruitment, retention, and compensation continues to work for all who come here. In Chesterfield we’ve found it’s not just about finding, hiring, and retaining employees, it’s also about investing in them. We believe our high-performing workforce reflects not only the values and culture of our organization, but represents and serves the people of Chesterfield well.”
The ‘Forbes Best-In-State Employer’ title reinforces the county’s reputation as an organization that provides excellent employment opportunities at the local and national level. It follows an unprecedented investment in the county’s public safety departments, implementing a new pay plan for 1,200 police officers, firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies that alleviates compression in their salary scales and rewards the longest-tenured workers for their experience and loyalty. That’s a commitment Chesterfield plans to extend to employees in other departments in the coming years.
View a video about the Forbes distinction from key county administrators here.