Crawley named to deputy county manager position
She becomes second African-American appointed to post this year
Jane D. Crawley has been named Henrico's deputy county manager for community services, effective Sept. 8.
Crawley, who currently serves as director of the county’s Department of Social Services, will succeed George T. Drumwright Jr., who is retiring after more than 34 years in the position. County Manager Virgil Hazelett announced the appointment today.
The move continues an increase in diversity among Henrico's top appointed and elected officials. Crawley becomes the second African-American appointed this year to serve as one of five deputy county managers, following Tim Foster, who is the deputy county manager for community operations.
The Board of Supervisors also includes two African-American members: longtime Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton and newly elected Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson, whose term began in January.
One more vacancy will occur in the county's senior leadership when Deputy County Manager for Special Services Angela Harper retires officially later this year.
As deputy county manager for community services, Crawley will have direct responsibilities over Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, Social Services, the Henrico County Health Department, the Juvenile Detention Home and James River Juvenile Detention Center, the Community Corrections program and the Capital Region Workforce Partnership — agencies with combined budgets of more than $65 million and nearly 600 employees. Her portfolio also includes county programs and services funded by the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act.
Crawley began her Henrico career in 1991 as a casework supervisor in Social Services. She also worked as the department’s assistant director before being named director in January 2006.
A Richmond native, Crawley earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University and received a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served on the board of directors of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates and was appointed to the Virginia Child Fatality Review Team. She currently is a member of the Virginia League of Social Services Executives, the Child Welfare Advisory Committee and the Virginia Association of Local Human Services Administrators.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
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The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
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Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Disney has spent the past few years in search of that certain something; that ‘Disney Magic.’ It’s been a slow process. From The Princess and the Frog to Tangled to Wreck-it Ralph, the studio took slow steps, welcoming its princesses and fairy tales and musical numbers back into the fold. Every film was an improvement on the last, but none of them had anywhere near the charm or lasting appeal of the early ‘90s highs of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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