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2017-08-02 / Announcements

Fire department adds to its ranks


From left to right: Capt. Chris Hawkins, Recruit FF Wesley Rock, Recruit FF Cameron Miles, Recruit FF Justin Davis, Recruit FF Austin Walker, Recruit FF Jonathan Hampton, Recruit FF William Ingle, Recruit FF Alexander Miller, Recruit FF Brandon Leonard, Recruit FF Kevin Gibson, Recruit FF Audrey Baise, Lt. Blake Shumaker, Lt. Jeff Montague. From left to right: Capt. Chris Hawkins, Recruit FF Wesley Rock, Recruit FF Cameron Miles, Recruit FF Justin Davis, Recruit FF Austin Walker, Recruit FF Jonathan Hampton, Recruit FF William Ingle, Recruit FF Alexander Miller, Recruit FF Brandon Leonard, Recruit FF Kevin Gibson, Recruit FF Audrey Baise, Lt. Blake Shumaker, Lt. Jeff Montague. The Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services hosted its Career Recruit School graduation on Friday, July 14. Ten recruits spent 23 weeks learning how to become proficient firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

Government

Chesterfield County is currently recruiting for its next chief of police. Four meetings are planned to gather community input about the knowledge, skills and abilities they believe the new chief of police should possess. Meetings will be held:


Joseph L. Johnson Jr. Joseph L. Johnson Jr. Thursday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Thomas Dale High School, 3626 W. Hundred Road – use Door 10;

Monday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m., Public Meeting Room, 10001 Ironbridge Road;

Monday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Ettrick Elementary School’s cafetorium, 20910 Chesterfield Ave.;

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m., Clover Hill High School, 13301 Kelly Green Lane – use Door 11.

For those unable to attend a community session, an online survey is available to provide input during the recruitment process. To take the survey, which will be available through Aug. 17, visit www.chesterfield.gov.

Both Chesterfield County convenience centers now offer expanded hours. The Northern Area Convenience Center, at 3200 Warbro Road in Midlothian, is now open Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. The Southern Area Convenience Center, at 6700 Landfill Drive in Chester, is now open Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mulch will be loaded at the Southern Area location from 8 a.m.- noon on Thursdays, except in rainy or wet conditions. Rates remain the same.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties recently announced the winners of its 15th Annual Digital Counties Survey, and Chesterfield County placed third on the survey among counties nationwide with populations between 250,000 and 499,000. The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline service delivery, encourage collaboration and enhance cybersecurity, among other factors.

Construction of a new single-lane roundabout at the intersection of North Arch Road and Arboretum Parkway has started and should be completed in December. These streets will remain open to traffic at all times. Daytime alternating lane closures will be necessary, but access to properties will be maintained at all times. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area.

Education

The Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University has been recognized as the best business school at a Historically Black College and University in the country. Recipient of the HBCU Digest/ Thurgood Marshall College Fund award and named after America’s first black billionaire businessman, the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business is among the 5 percent of business schools worldwide that hold AACSB accreditation. In addition, VSU President Makola M. Abdullah was named the 2017 HBCU Male President of the Year.

Chesterfield County Public Schools Adult Continuing Education will open registration for the fall semester at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 7. Registration for many opportunities in workforce training, GED preparation, enrichment and English for Speakers of Other Languages is available online at ace.mychesterfieldschools.com or in person from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Adult Continuing Education Office at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse, 10101 Courthouse Road. Class details are available at ace.mychesterfieldschools.com and class catalogs are available for pickup in Chesterfield County libraries. For more information about Adult Continuing Education, call 768-6140.

Achievements

Joseph L. Johnson Jr. of Boy Scout Troop 2806, sponsored by Woodlake United Methodist Church, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Joseph, the son of retired Lt. Col. Joseph and Sundra Johnson, is a recent graduate of Manchester High School. His Eagle Scout project entailed planning and building four display tables, which were used to display various historical and educational exhibits during the 2016 Chesterfield County Fair. A member of Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministry, Joseph will be attending the University of Alabama, majoring in computer science.

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