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Crawley named to deputy county manager position

She becomes second African-American appointed to post this year
Jane Crawley
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.
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Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


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While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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