Thursday, November 19, 2009

DCAO of Human Services Carolyn Graham Press Release Correction

The city press release sent on November 16, 2009, incorrectly detailed the educational background of Carolyn N. Graham, the city’s new Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Human Services.

Graham majored in psychology at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland however; she did not receive a bachelor’s degree as previously noted, as she was allowed early enrollment in graduate school at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She obtained her first master’s degree in education from Antioch College, and she also holds a masters in public administration from City University of New York Bernard Baruch College in New York, New York; a masters of divinity from the New York Theological Seminary in New York, New York; and a doctorate in ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

She has previously served as deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families & Elders for the District of Columbia; national director for Council Services, Girl Scouts of the USA; director of the Human Services Department in Broward County, Florida; director of the State Health Planning & Development Agency in the District of Columbia; as well as vice president for External Affairs for the Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Dr. Graham also served as a member of the District of Columbia School Board.

As Richmond’s DCAO of Human Services, Carolyn Graham will have oversight of the Department of Social Services, Department of Justice Services, as well as the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mayor Jones Announces Revised City Revenue Projections

~Outlines initial strategy to respond to projected revenue shortfall~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones today announced that city revenue projections for the current fiscal year (FY 2010) are tracking behind the officially adopted FY 2010 Budget. Reductions in state funding, as well as the drop in sales taxes, were cited as leading to an overall projected revenue shortfall of $10 million for FY 2010.

“The entire nation has been experiencing lingering effects of the recession and Richmond is no exception,” said Mayor Jones. “A number of key revenue sources weakened in FY 2009, and they are continuing to falter in the current year (FY 2010). Moreover, we have to be realistic and assume that the ripple effects will continue into FY 2011.”

The updated revenue estimates are based on revenue collections and economic data from the first quarter of FY 2010. The main driver in the lower-than-projected revenue is a decline in sales tax collections. The local option sales tax is $7.9 million less than projected and the state shared sales tax is $1.9 million less than projected. Another $2.6 million of the shortfall is a direct result of the state’s budget cuts announced in September 2009.

“We have anticipated a downward adjustment for some time in light of the sour economy,” Mayor Jones advised. “For the current year, the adjustment represents 1.7% less than the approved budget. What we are embarking on now is a number of strategies to help close the budget gap while keeping our fund balance intact.

“A number of upward revisions have helped to offset the declines the city is facing. Real estate tax, personal property tax, and delinquent fees and licenses are all tracking above the FY 2010 forecast.

“The city is also reviewing the best way to implement a new commercial tipping fee at the landfill, which is expected to offset some of the decline. We will continue to look for other ways to offset the projected declines.

“Further, I am recommending that we undertake targeted reductions and specific operational strategies rather than across-the-board cuts. Fortunately, a plan to control spending was already in place with our existing hiring freeze. Our department heads have also been charged with looking for day-to-day operating efficiencies, and I fully anticipate that we will realize savings through improved operations in the current fiscal year.

“I've assembled a strong leadership team bringing skills and experience from around the state and across the country. I have full confidence in their abilities to bring innovative ideas and to strengthen our operations. We've already proposed reorganizing to streamline our efforts and we are going to move forward by budgeting to the realities and presenting periodic changes as necessary,” Mayor Jones said.

There are remaining concerns about how further state budget cuts will impact the city’s overall budget. A two-year budget for the state will be presented to the General Assembly in December by the outgoing administration. Additionally, the state Department of Education has recently recalculated the composite index which determines state funding for the school system. Based on the new index, Richmond Public Schools could lose approximately $9 million in state funding beginning in 2011.

Mayor Jones is establishing a Council of Economic Advisors to help the city navigate the continuing financial challenges. The Mayor will also give residents the opportunity to weigh in on the tough decisions that will need to be made. He expects to have the advisors in place by the end of the year, and a citizen involvement process in place by the beginning of the year.

Richmond’s deputy chief administrative officer for Finance and Administration, Marcus Jones, will discuss additional details of the fiscal forecast and the city’s strategy for responding at the next meeting of the Finance Committee of the Richmond City Council on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772




Monday, November 16, 2009

Mayor Names Carolyn N. Graham as DCAO for Human Services

~Directors of Social Services and Justice Services also announced~

Carolyn N. Graham has been named Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Human Services for the city of Richmond. In this capacity, she has oversight of the Department of Social Services, Department of Justice Services, as well as the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. Her appointment is effective immediately. She is coming to the Richmond area from Washington, D.C. where she has had an accomplished career in human services and support programs.

“We are fortunate that Ms. Graham has accepted this position which now completes our executive leadership team,” said Mayor Jones. “The human services component of the city’s work is such a crucial area for service delivery. Ms. Graham’s training and experience with children, youth and families and neighborhood-based municipal services will serve the city of Richmond extremely well.”

Graham received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, and her first master’s degree in education from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She also holds a masters in public administration from City University of New York Bernard Baruch College in New York, New York; a masters of divinity from the New York Theological Seminary in New York, New York; and a doctorate in ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She has previously served as deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families & Elders for the District of Columbia; national director for Council Services for the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. in New York, New York; director of the Human Services Department in Broward County, Florida; director of the State Health Planning & Development Agency in the District of Columbia; as well as vice president for External Affairs for the Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Dr. Graham also served as a member of the District of Columbia School Board.

“I am looking forward to serving the residents of Richmond, Virginia. I also look forward to strengthening the city’s relationships with community partners and developing new partnerships for the benefit of the residents of Richmond,” said Carolyn Graham.

With the announcement of the key DCAO position, additional organizational changes have followed:

Doris D. Moseley, interim acting director of the Richmond City Department of Justice Services, has been appointed to the position of director of Richmond City Department of Social Services. As director, she will oversee an agency of approximately 500 city employees, and is responsible for operations, strategic planning and policy development in the social services arena. She will lead and manage the Social Services Department to ensure program compliance for mandated and non-mandated federal, state and local programs such as foster care, food stamps and child protective services. She is also responsible for developing departmental procedures in response to: disaster preparedness; the need to provide housing and other treatment services to the homeless community; the need to deploy staff to police precincts to cover human service needs; the need to collaborate regionally; the need to enroll children in health insurance; and the need to provide services to families and children in Richmond.

Moseley held various positions within the Department of Social Services from 1989 to 2007 including child protective services worker, social work supervisor, acting human services coordinator, and human services manager. Moseley possesses a B.S. in Administration of Justice and Public Safety and a Masters of Management/Human Resources Management. She has been served as interim director for the Department of Justice Services since March of 2008. Anne Kisor, who has served as interim director for the Department of Social Services since July of 2008, is returning to her role as a deputy director of the department.

Charles J. Kehoe, superintendent of the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, has been named director of the Department of Justice Services, replacing Doris Moseley. Kehoe possesses a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Lewis University and a master’s of social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He became superintendent of the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center in August 2009; and has served in a number of capacities related to juvenile and adult correctional services for more than 30 years throughout Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and Virginia; including service as director for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Youth and Family Services. He is a past president of the American Correctional Association and has served in leadership roles for a number of commissions and boards related to juvenile justice, criminology, and correctional services. He has several publications in this field of expertise and has received numerous awards for his contributions in the field.

All appointments are effective immediately.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110