Friday, July 30, 2010

City Names Interim Directors of Public Utilities and Public Works

Chief Administrative Officer Byron C. Marshall today announced that Letitia Shelton has been selected to serve as Interim Director of Public Works and Robert Steidel has been selected to serve as Interim Director of Public Utilities. Shelton and Steidel will begin to serve in their interim positions on Saturday, July 31, 2010.

For seven years, Steidel has served as the Deputy Director for the Department of Public Utilities. Prior to beginning city service, Steidel served as the Environmental Manager for the city of Hopewell’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. Steidel replaces Chris Beschler who served as Director of Public Utilities as well as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Operations. Beschler will continue to serve as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Operations, overseeing the Departments of Public Utilities and Public Works, the Richmond Animal Care and Control agency and the 3-1-1 Call Center.

Shelton, a city employee for 12 years, most recently served as the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Public Works. Shelton was the Rates Manager for the Department of Public Utilities for nine years. She was named Deputy Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Public Works in April 2007.

A national search for permanent directors of public utilities and public works is currently underway. Shelton and Steidel will serve as interim directors of their respective departments until this search is completed.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

City's Neighbor-to-Neighbor Initiative Seeks Volunteers

The city of Richmond’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program is currently recruiting volunteers to conduct well-being checks on the city’s elderly and disabled population during periods of extreme temperatures and to assist the city in operating cooling shelters when the temperature reaches or exceeds the 95 degree mark. Persons interested in volunteering for these efforts should log onto www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor or contact the Neighbor-to-Neighbor office at (804) 646-7491.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones established the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Initiative to inspire residents, businesses and city employees to volunteer and develop a closer relationship with their neighbor, with an express focus to help the youth, elderly and disabled residents of the city of Richmond. If a resident is interested in volunteering for the positions detailed above or for a list of volunteer opportunities, please visit www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor.

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