Chesterfield County is a trend setter and recognized leader among local governments in America. The county earned the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award Gold Medallion for excellence and efficiency. One of only a few counties nationwide to earn a “triple-triple A” bond rating, Chesterfield County has been named “One of America’s 20 Hottest White Collar Addresses” by the Wall Street Journal. In 1999 the county added the Award for Continuing Excellence (ACE) to its list of nationally recognized achievements.
Chesterfield County is governed by five elected district supervisors who appoint a county administrator to oversee its $954-million budget. Chesterfield is the county seat and there are no incorporated towns within the county. Some supervisors hold regular constituent meetings. To be added to a supervisor’s mailing list for notifications, please call 748-1211.
While the county traces its roots to 1611, there’s nothing old-fashioned about the way in which county government communicates with its residents. There’s an active, award-winning Internet Web site (www.chesterfield.gov), a wide array of public service television programming on Comcast Cablevision, a weekly citizens newsletter, communications from the elected Board of Supervisors, an annual report delivered to all households, televised public meetings, and many more ways in which residents are kept informed and encouraged to participate in their local government processes.
In reaching out to the county’s growing Hispanic population, Chesterfield County recognizes that while one is learning English, there is still a need for access to vital government services such as public safety, health, assistance with payment of taxes, etc.
The county offers translation services as well as Spanish language information in print, on the Internet and through Comcast Cablevision television programming. Various departments that work with other foreign language speaking constituencies also provide materials for them in their native language (Korean, Vietnamese, etc.) as necessary.
Chesterfield County is committed to being safe and secure. More than 450 police officers, 25 auxiliary police officers (with plans to expand to 50); 225 uniformed deputies; 400 career firefighters and approximately 150 active volunteer firefighters; and 200 volunteer rescue-squad personnel offer a sense of security that is unsurpassed. Chesterfield County touts its low crime rate. Within the Richmond metro area, it has the lowest major-crime rate per capita and achieves a high crime clearance rate.
Working with residents, the Police Department is proactive in the fight against crime. Many neighborhoods have active neighborhood watch programs to deter crime and help police arrest criminals. Strong partnerships help create an environment conducive to public safety.
Another strong partnership with the community, and particularly with businesses, is the Crime Solvers program. Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers Inc. is a community-involvement program to help stop crime in its tracks. Crime Solvers’ mission is to provide information that law enforcement agencies need to solve crimes.
The Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services provides a complete range of fire prevention, firefighting and emergency medical services. Fire and EMS personnel work closely with the schools to provide students with the skills they need to keep themselves and their families safe.
The sheriff’s office provides courtroom security, operates the county jail, and performs many other duties that enhance the public safety of Chesterfield County. The Sheriff’s office is among an elite group of law enforcement agencies having earned accreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
Only 49 of Virginia’s 360 law enforcement agencies are so certified, and Chesterfield County is only the third Virginia jurisdiction where both the police department and the sheriff’s office have acquired this accreditation.
All of these agencies and programs work in unison to provide the enviable public safety record Chesterfield County enjoys.