Nelson elected Board of Supervisors chairman

Tyrone Nelson (left) and Dick Glover
The Henrico County Board of Supervisors began a new four-year term Tuesday by voting unanimously to elect Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson as chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover as vice chairman for 2016.

The appointment is Nelson’s first service as chairman since he became the board’s Varina District representative in 2012. He served as vice chairman in 2015.

In remarks to his colleagues, Nelson said he was humbled and honored to serve and pledged to work cooperatively with them and the county’s staff. He said he expected the board to spend much of the year focusing on maintaining Henrico’s aging infrastructure, including schools, libraries, parks, fire houses and public utilities, while upholding its standards for government excellence and efficiency, known as “the Henrico way.”

“The challenge is before us, and we will meet it head on with all deliberate speed,” Nelson said. “I can assure you that the board would not take any actions that would jeopardize the county’s coveted triple-A bond rating, which is shared by only 1 percent of all localities in the United States, or result in an increase in our real estate tax rate, which has not been raised in 38 years and remains the lowest of any urban jurisdiction in the country.”

A native of the Varina District, Nelson is pastor of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond. He also serves on a variety of governmental and community organizations, including the Richmond Region Tourism board of directors, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) board of visitors, Sports Backers board of directors, Capital Region Workforce Partnership Consortium and Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors.

He earned an associate degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a bachelor’s degree from VCU and a master’s degree from Virginia Union University.

Glover, the board’s longest-serving active member, has represented the Brookland District since 1988. He has served as chairman five times and begins his fourth service as vice chairman.

A native of Victoria and veteran of the U.S. Navy, Glover has amassed an extensive résumé of service on local, state and national boards, including current appointments to the Henrico Social Services Board and RRPDC. His prior service includes the Capital Area Training Consortium, Capital Region Airport Commission, Henrico Planning Commission, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden board of directors, Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, National
Association of Counties, Virginia Association of Counties and Virginia Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.

Henrico’s board also includes Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton, Three Chopt District Supervisor Thomas M. Branin and Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon. Thornton and O’Bannon are beginning their sixth terms. Branin is starting his first term. He won election in November to succeed David A. Kaechele, who retired from the board after representing the Three Chopt District since 1980.

The board usually meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Board Room at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

For details about the board, call (804) 501-4318 or visit http://henrico.us/supervisors.
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Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


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Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

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