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.
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
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