Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Christopher L. Beschler to assume expanded responsibilities as DCAO for Operations

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that Christopher L. Beschler will serve in an expanded role as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Operations, following the appointment of a permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Beschler presently serves as Acting CAO and the DCAO for Operations. The Operations portfolio includes the Departments of Public Works, Public Utilities, and General Services.

"I'm expanding the responsibilities of this DCAO position and adding priority areas for my administration which include major renovations for schools, and the $138 million jail project," Mayor Jones said. "I've come to rely upon Chris for advice and guidance in key areas of city governance, and I'm looking forward to having his leadership in these important areas."

Mayor Jones' prioritization of long-needed jail replacement is evident in the Capital Improvement budget for fiscal years 2010-2014, which includes $138.4 million in capital funding for jail construction. The capital budget also contains over $84 million for school improvements including funds to make City schools accessible to disabled students and others.

"The experience I have gained while serving in the interim capacity of CAO will strengthen my ability to perform as DCAO on many important long-range projects," said Mr. Beschler. "I look forward to working with the team that Mayor Jones is assembling, and to my continued involvement with members of the City Council."

Christopher Beschler has been in executive leadership with the City of Richmond since 2006 when he became Director of Public Utilities. He came to Richmond from Berlin, Connecticut, after having served for 26 years with the primary gas services company in that area. His background includes working as an engineer, operations manager, customer services, field operations and chief operating officer. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's in business administration from the University of Connecticut.

Contact: Tammy Hawley (804) 646-3110