Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.

State initiative designed to connect job-seekers to jobs

Virginia officials this week launched the state's "Open Data, Open Jobs" initiative to better connect job seekers with job opportunities. The initiative provides a new open data set of available jobs in Virginia to equip innovators, programmers and researchers with accessible data to help the Commonwealth offer new approaches to articulating employer needs for talent and matching job seekers to job opportunities. Entrepreneurs can use the workforce data to create apps and programs that better engage a new generation of career seekers.

Open Data, Open Jobs consolidates data from multiple, publicly available sources of job postings into one machine-readable file. The Governor’s Data Internship Program along with students and staff at the Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech provided support necessary to combine, clean and enrich individual data sets to create the initial, new workforce data product.

Henrico monitoring Goochland petroleum incident

JULY 7, 4:25 P.M. – Henrico County officials are monitoring a possible leak on a petroleum pipeline that may have occurred just across the county line in Goochland County, adjacent to Tuckahoe Creek. County officials were notified of the possible leak July 6.

Public safety officials have had ongoing discussions to ensure residents are provided information about the incident, Henrico officials said today.

The suspected leak is about 100 yards south of River Road on the Goochland side of Tuckahoe Creek. No Henrico property or waterway is directly affected.

Top Stafford official to become a deputy Henrico manager

Anthony Romanello
Henrico County has hired the top official from Stafford County to be its next deputy county manager for administration.

Anthony J. Romanello, Stafford's county administrator, will begin his new job in Henrico in mid-September, when his Stafford contract is fulfilled. He will replace Joe Casey, who left July 1 to become the new county administrator in Chesterfield County.

Romanello and his wife both graduated from high school in Henrico, and Romanello previously worked in the region, serving in various roles with the City of Richmond from 1992-2000 (as deputy director of human services administration, deputy director of administration of public health and assistant to the city manager).

Henrico County Television wins Emmy for program on Police, Fire chaplains

The Henrico County Television program “Ringing the Bell: Police and Fire Chaplains of Henrico County” earned a 2016 Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced at the 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony June 25 in Baltimore.

Produced and directed by Gene Byard (pictured), the program won the award in the religion – news single story/news series category. The 17-minute show highlights the volunteer ministers who provide pastoral care and spiritual support to Henrico’s first responders and residents. The Emmy is the first won by Byard and the sixth by
Henrico Public Relations & Media Services since launching HCTV in 2003. The department produces original, feature programming focused on Henrico.

Henrico launches Zika virus webpage

Henrico residents now can get tips on eliminating potential mosquito-breeding habitat on their properties and learn about the county’s efforts to prevent local transmission of the Zika virus at

The new webpage brings together a range of information from the Henrico County Health Department and the Department of Public Works and highlights the county’s multi-agency efforts to raise awareness about the connection between containers of standing water — even small amounts — Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Information is available in Spanish as well as English.

Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards for 28 programs

Henrico County departments and agencies earned 28 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), as well as two Best of Category honors, for a series of home-maintenance workshops and a firefighter wellness program.

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards July 24 at the 2016 NACo annual conference in Long Beach, Calif. The NACo Achievement Awards Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration and management, libraries, emergency management and response, and human services.

CVWMA to begin accepting more varieties of bottles, containers, cartons

If you've always wanted to recycle yogurt containers, waxy cartons and laundry detergent bottles, you're in luck. The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will begin accepting a number of new items for curbside and drop-off recycling July 1.

Recyclers throughout the CVWMA service area have been asking for years to be able to recycle more than the #1 and #2 narrow neck plastic bottles currently accepted in its recycling programs, and those wishes will become reality later this week. Plastic bottles and containers with the numbers 1-7 on the bottom, as well as waxy cartons, will be accepted in both programs.

Community celebrates opening of Short Pump Park

The wait is over for eager kids (and dogs) looking to enjoy the new Short Pump Park.

Henrico Recreation and Parks officials cut the ribbon June 25 on a park that has been 18 years in the making. The property, on Pump Road adjacent to Three Chopt Road, includes a large playground, a splash area with spray fountains and a one-acre dog park.

The grand opening was well attended, with hundreds of locals gathering to take part in the festivities. Many of those who helped make the park a reality attended the dedication ceremony.

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