September 18, 2019
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County today announced Jesse Smith as its new deputy county administrator for community development. Smith currently serves as the county’s transportation director. The Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint him at its Sept. 25 meeting and he will begin his new role effective Oct. 1.
In his current role, Smith leads the county’s Transportation Department and serves as a key advisor to the county administrator and the Board of Supervisors. He is responsible for obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal funding through competitive grant processes, and successfully managing infrastructure improvement projects. He also secured funding to improve the Ettrick Train Station in Chesterfield. Smith played a prominent role in the implementation of the revised cash proffer policy in 2016, which mitigated the impact of rezoning on county citizens. Additionally, Smith has represented the county at countless public meetings on projects such as the Woolridge Road Widening, and the Route 10 Superstreet. His tireless efforts to improve the county and the lives of its residents has earned him prestigious awards from the National Association of Counties, Virginia Association of Counties and American Council of Engineering Companies national awards, and the “Highest Award for Achievement” from Dale Carnegie.
As deputy county administrator for community development, Smith will oversee the daily operations of multiple county departments and programs, including Building Inspection, Community Enhancement, Environmental Engineering, Planning, Transportation and Utilities.
“I have worked with Jesse over the years on transportation projects, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said. Dr. Joe Casey, county administrator. “He has demonstrated himself to know the community development process while being engaged with citizens and businesses. I know he will continue to excel in his new role.”
Smith, who has worked for Chesterfield County since 2002, holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a lifelong resident of Chesterfield County.
“I want to thank the Board and Dr. Casey for their support over the years, as well as their confidence in me to take on this new role,” said Smith. “Bill Dupler leaves big shoes to fill and I look forward to continuing his efforts that have helped make Chesterfield County a First Choice Community.”