Citizen Staff Reports 12/18/2014 Government
The Henrico County Police Division has earned a spot in the Military Times' “Best for Vets” ranking for 2015. The Division of Police was one of 24 agencies recognized across the United States for its efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success.
The Henrico County Police Division’s Personnel Unit averages approximately 12 recruiting visits to military bases annually while working with Military Transition Officers and Career Services Units to recruit and hire veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, the division’s Personnel Unit assists current members who are being deployed or returning to duty with their transitions.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/03/2013 Government
Citizens with concerns or complaints about towing companies in Virginia should now contact the Virginia Attorney General's Office, since the Virginia Board of Towing Recovery Operators has disbanded. The transfer occurred through a government reorganization plan proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell's Government Reform Initiative and authorized by the General Assembly last year.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 12/27/2012 Government
Following its second work session on the topic, the Henrico Board of Supervisors remains undecided about whether to alter a county ordinance in order to permit private dog parks.
Board members discussed the matter Dec. 11 but failed to reach a consensus about whether to move forward with it. The matter arose initially when the Wyndham Foundation inquired about the possibility of building such a park within its community, citing interest from residents who responded to a survey.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/27/2012 Government
The First Annual Henrico Public Safety Games, a fundraiser for the Henrico Christmas Mother, were held Dec. 7 at the Hermitage H.S. track and the Henrico County Training Center. Sponsored by Henrico County Fitness and Wellness, the games featured pairs of police officers, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies competing against one another in a series of events (2-mile run, bench press, pull-up/push-up/squat circuit, and agility course challenge) to test strength, speed and endurance.
The winning team of firefighters Patrick Sheehan and Justin Borel narrowly defeated Officers Mark Brennan and Josh Dixon from the Division of Police by one point.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/27/2012 Government
The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9. The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only. Trees will be accepted at the following locations:
• Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, in the lower parking lot;
• Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the front parking lot;
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 12/24/2012 Government
A new mixed-use apartment building could begin to take shape soon at Rocketts Landing, but it may not come without some controversy.
The county’s Board of Supervisors Jan. 22 will consider approval of a resolution that would allow the community’s developer, WVS, to obtain construction funding for the 156-unit building through the sale of Virginia Housing Development Authority bonds.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 12/21/2012 Government
A consulting firm is working to help Henrico County officials determine the best way to utilize the former Best Products headquarters building, located at Parham Road and I-95, which the county purchased last December for $6.2 million.
The county hired the Washington, D.C. office of architecture and design firm Gensler this summer to conduct a study of the 93-acre site and county agencies that could be relocated there. The firm expects to complete its study and make recommendations by April, Henrico General Services Director Chris Winstead told the Citizen last week.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/20/2012 Government
Henrico County’s Fire Station 12 recently received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of extensive energy-saving measures incorporated into its renovation and expansion.
The fire station is Henrico’s second general government facility to receive LEED certification and the first to be recognized at the Gold level — the second highest possible — under a policy backed by the Board of Supervisors in January 2010.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/17/2012 Government
Joseph P. Casey has been named as Henrico's deputy county manager for administration, effective Jan. 28. Henrico County Manager Virgil R. Hazelett made the announcement last week.
Casey, who has been a deputy county administrator in Hanover County, will succeed John A. Vithoulkas, who will become county manager Jan. 17, following Hazelett's retirement.
As deputy county manager for administration, Casey will oversee the departments of Finance, General Services and Information Technology, as well as the Public Library and legislative liaison.
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