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2017-11-29 / Announcements

Treasurer, commissioner of revenue take the oath

COMPILED BY ANNE DALTON

Carey Adams and Jenefer Hughes were sworn in as constitutional officers of Chesterfield County on Friday, Nov. 17. In a ceremony in the county’s public meeting room, Adams was sworn in as county treasurer and Hughes was sworn in as the county’s commissioner of the revenue. Adams has worked for Chesterfield County for more than 29 years. He worked for about four years as an accounting manager in the accounting department, and has served 25 years as chief deputy treasurer. He was appointed treasurer after the former treasurer retired Jan. 1. Hughes is a chartered accountant with 30 years’ business experience, and most recently served as director of accounting at McKesson.

Additionally, Adams has named Timothy M. McPeters as chief deputy treasurer. McPeters brings over 28 years of public and private sector experience to the office, including over 18 years in the county’s Commissioner of the Revenue Office and seven years with Coca-Cola. As chief deputy treasurer, McPeters will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the office, including customer service, automated systems and billing.

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Pocahontas State Park has opened a new Discovery Center, and with more than 1 million visitors and over 6,000 school students visiting the park each year, the center will introduce visitors to areas of the park in new and different ways. The park received a grant award of $15,000 from the Garden Club of Virginia for the Heritage Center Conversion to Discovery Center Project in early 2017. This award is part of the GCV’s 2020 Centennial Project, which supports various projects in Virginia State Parks. Park staff developed the concept plan for the conversion along with community members during a visitor experience-plan- ning workshop that helped identify the importance and relevant themes of the park. These themes were then used to develop the concept and content of the Discovery Center. Other community partners that contributed to the Discovery Center project include Friends of Pocahontas State Park, Coqui Bike Shop, the Doliber family, the Brown family, Appomattox River Company and Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI).

Chesterfield County government and Chesterfield County Public Library are upgrading their websites to better serve customers. The public is being asked to complete a short online survey about the government and library websites, as well as general preferences. Citizen input will be used to redesign the websites to a more customer-focused approach. The online survey can be found at http://survey.chesterfield.gov, and citizens can provide input through Friday, Dec. 15. With more users accessing the internet through their mobile devices, the new government and library websites will be mobile-friendly, providing a positive user experience no matter what type of device the information is being viewed on. Additionally, the new sites aim to be more streamlined and service-based, enabling citizens to find what they are looking for quickly.

The Office of the Senior Advocate is sponsoring a Lawyers Helping Seniors Clinic on Monday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Legal documents such as wills, advanced medical directives, powers of attorney, etc. are prepared at no cost for eligible Chesterfield seniors who do not already have these documents prepared. Appointments are limited and preregistration is required. To confirm eligibility and register, contact the Office of the Senior Advocate at 768-7878.

Motorists should expect increased traffic in the area around the Amazon Fulfillment Center on Meadowville Technology Parkway through the holiday season. Changes to the traffic pattern will be similar to past years, and motorists should allow extra time to get through the area during shift changes. Chesterfield County is working closely with Amazon to mitigate the impact on traffic. County staff and police encourage those traveling in the area to be aware of the traffic pattern and allow extra time to get through the area during shift changes.

Announcements can be emailed to news@localnewsllc.com, faxed to 744-3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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