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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Chesterfield Hires Melvin Bloomfield as its New Director of Real Estate Assessments

Department of Real Estate Assessments

Sept. 24, 2021

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Melvin Bloomfield, who served as the City of Richmond’s deputy director of real estate assessments for the last seven years, has been hired to lead the Department of Real Estate Assessments in Chesterfield County.

Bloomfield was introduced Wednesday, Sept. 22, during the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors’ monthly business meeting. He officially begins his new role as the county’s chief real estate assessor on Oct. 4.

“We are ecstatic to have Mel joining the Chesterfield family. He brings a wealth of expertise and experience that is unmatched in the field,” said Matt Harris, deputy county administrator for finance and administration.

Harris also praised the contributions of Ashley DeBiase, who has worked for the past six months as Chesterfield’s acting director of real estate assessments.

The Department of Real Estate Assessments is responsible for annually determining the fair market value of all residential and commercial real estate in Chesterfield County, for the purpose of computing local property taxes.

It also maintains accurate and up-to-date records on all locally assessed property in the county. Deeds, wills and other written documents relating to the ownership of real estate filed in the Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk’s office are received and processed daily by the assessor’s office.

Bloomfield graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Development. He has more than 20 years of experience – the past 17 in Richmond -- performing residential and commercial real estate assessments, inspections and appraisals 

He was promoted to deputy director of real estate assessments in July 2014 and served as the city’s interim director from July 2016 to June 2017.

“I am excited about coming to Chesterfield County and working with its leadership team,” Bloomfield said. “I look forward to adding my leadership and years of experience that will assist Chesterfield's Real Estate Assessment office in fulfilling its mission and continue to create fair and equitable real property assessments across the county.”

Richie McKeithen, Richmond’s director of real estate assessments, described Bloomfield as a “hard working and dedicated employee.”

“He was an extremely valuable member of our office,” McKeithen said, “and he will be deeply missed.”

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