Transportation and Growth
In the last thirty years, Chesterfield has grown in population from 175,256 to over 343,000 people. Our community has grown not only in population but also in its diversity. Community members now must face traffic that rivals northern Virginia during the morning and afternoon commutes. The county’s comprehensive plan is under review and your voice needs to be heard. Transportation is a major issue and I will be committed to working with residents of the community, county staff and members of the General Assembly to find and implement solutions for Chesterfield.
Education and Schools
Chesterfield County has excelled through the years in providing a quality education for our children. Planning and managing the growth of the school infrastructure is equally as important as a good countywide comprehensive development plan. We need to ensure we are funding new construction in the areas of growth in the County while we maintain existing facilities at a high level. I pledge to work with the School Board to ensure proper funding and timely infrastructure improvement, so the county can continue to provide quality education to its youth. I will also listen to the concerns of our community members and the teacher’s association. Chesterfield County needs to establish a salary structure that will attract and retain great teachers.
I have said many times over the years what good does it do to build the best schools, roads, shops, and parks if people don’t feel safe. The police, sheriff, fire, and ambulance services provide the central core of government services. Since 2008, the police department has hired 475 officers and had 439 officers leave employment for a variety of reasons such as retirement and involuntary separations. In the same time frame, 154 officers left employment to seek other jobs that offered better pay and benefits. The cost to recruit and train one officer is $131,000.00. We spent over 20 million dollars to train 154 officers and then they left to work somewhere else. There is a recruitment problem in public safety across the United States. Providing an environment where the employee feels appreciated for their service is essential no matter what business you’re in.
Please read my letter to the Chesterfield Firefighters detailing my proven leadership and history supporting first responders.