Vithoulkas named deputy county manager
Henrico County Finance Director John A. Vithoulkas has been appointed as a deputy county manager for administration, effective Dec. 17. Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett made the announcement Nov. 28.
Vithoulkas, who currently also currently serves as special economic advisor to the county manager, will succeed Leon T. Johnson, who is retiring after more than 16 years in the position.
As deputy county manager for Administration, Vithoulkas will have direct responsibilities over the departments of Finance, General Services and Information Technology and the Henrico County Public Library system — agencies totaling more than 550 full-time personnel with combined budgets of approximately $56.9 million. He also will
oversee the county’s legislative liaison.
A Henrico employee since 1997, Vithoulkas began his county career as a budget analyst and also served as Finance division director and budget director before being appointed director of the Department of Finance in January 2008. He was named special economic advisor to the county manager in September 2009.
A graduate of Henrico’s J.R. Tucker High School, Vithoulkas earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Virginia Local Government Manager’s Association, the Richmond Association of Business Economists and the Treasurer’s Association of Virginia.
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The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot
In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.
After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.
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