Rayetta Webb - the Virginia Municipal League by jianghongl


									                                                VOLUME 41   NO. 12   DEC EMBER 2006

The magazine of the Virginia Municipal League

VML President

Rayetta Webb
Council Member
Town of Altavista

Also inside:
Highlights from 101st
VML Annual Conference
in Virginia Beach

New state towing law
gives localities a say

                 Legislative Day
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Member governed.
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                                                                  need service, they
                                                                  know they’ve got
                                                                  a peer to talk to
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                                                                     John W. McCarthy III
                                                                     Rappahannock County

                                 Virginia Municipal
                           Liability Pool Members’
                                Supervisory Board
                               member since 1995.

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                                 VOLUME 41
                                        NO. 12
                         DECEMBER 2006

                                                                The magazine of the Virginia Municipal League

                                                              New VML president learned importance
                                                                         of service at an early age
                                                       VML President Rayetta M. Webb learned the importance of giving back
                                                      to her community at an early age growing up in Duluth, Minn., a bustling
                                                         port city located on the north shore of Lake Superior. Webb, elected
                                                         in November to a fourth term on Altavista Town Council, credits her
                                                       willingness to serve others to lessons learned firsthand from her parents.
                                                                                     By David Parsons

      About the cover
    Rayetta M. Webb, a council member
  from the Town of Altavista in Campbell
    County, was elected the 88th president
    of the Virginia Municipal League in                                                   1
Virginia Beach on Oct. 17. The photograph                 Looking back: VML 2006 Annual Conference
 was taken on the staircase at Avoca (inset),        The 2006 Virginia Municipal League Annual Conference in Virginia Beach
   the principal architectural landmark in              was an unqualified success thanks to the efforts of the host city and an
Altavista. The American Queen Anne-style              abundance of informative speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. More than
   house was designed by architect J.M.B.              800 attendees gathered for the three-day event held at the sparkling new
  Lewis and built in 1901. Photograph by             Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Town & City takes a look back at
            Roger C. Blackstock.                                     the conference in six pages of photographs.

                                                           Register now for VML/VACo Legislative Day
                                                      Make plans now to attend the annual VML/VACo Legislative Day, which
                                                       will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. Local
Departments                                           officials are encouraged to come to Richmond to be briefed on legislation
                                                          important to local governments and to meet with their delegation.
PEOPLE......................... 4

THE.CORPORATE.PAGE..... 20                                                                19
                                                      Conference scheduled for newly elected officials
MARkETPLACE............... 22
                                                      VML and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University
PROFESSIONAL......                                   of Virginia will sponsor a Conference for Newly Elected Municipal Officials
DIRECTORY................... 25
         .                                               Jan. 5-6 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. The two-day session was
                                                      scheduled to meet the needs of local officials who won seats in November.
THE.BACk.PAGE............. 27

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                                                  Fredericksburg names                     more than a decade, resigned to take
                                                  HR director                              a similar job in Phoenix.
                                                  Susanne H. Taylor was named                   City Manager Jim Spore said
                                                  director of Human Resources for          Maxwell’s hiring by one of the
                                                  Fredericksburg effective Jan. 3.         country’s largest cities is evidence of
                 David Parsons                                                             what Maxwell did for Virginia Beach.
                                                      Taylor, who has 24 years of
                                                  experience in human resources, has            “It’s going to be a huge void to
               Manuel Timbreza                                                             fill,” Spore told The Virginian-Pilot
                                                  worked since 1994 as director of Hu-
                                                  man Resources for Culpeper County.       newspaper.
               Denise Thompson                                                                  Maxwell, who spent 20 years in
         ADVERTISING MANAGER                      Spangler to retire                       Hampton’s development office before
                 Cherie Warfield                                                           coming to Virginia Beach in 1995,
                                                  as Bristol manager
         CIRCULATION MANAGER                                                               will work his last day in early January.
               Sherall W. Dementi                 Paul Spangler, who has served as
                                                  Bristol city manager for 18 years, is    Kilmarnock names
                 Rayetta Webb                     taking early retirement because of       assistant manager
                                                  health reasons.
                                                      Bristol City Council accepted an     Lara Burleson was named planner,
                    Jay Fisette                                                            development director and assistant
                                                  agreement that will allow Spangler
              VICE PRESIDENT
                                                  to take early retirement effective       town manager for Kilmarnock.
              Michael Polychrones
                                                  June 30, but to leave office in Janu-        Burleson, 37, served most recently
         EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                      ary by making use of six months          in Rocky Mount as assistant town
            Darlene L. Burcham
                                                  of accrued leave. Spangler, who          manager and director of community
               James P. Councill                                                           development.
                  Ed C. Daley                     has been diagnosed with an erratic
               William D. Euille                  heartbeat and fluctuating blood
                David P. Helms                    pressure, was hospitalized twice in      Have news about personnel in your city, town
             French H. Moore Jr.
                                                  recent months.                           or county government? Send information to
             Patricia S. O’Bannon                                                          David Parsons, editor, Virginia Town &
                Lance Terpenny
                 Rhet Tignor                      Va. Beach to lose                        City, via e-mail at dparsons@vml.org or to
              Rosemary Wilson                                                              P.O. Box 12164, Richmond, VA 23241, or
                                                  development chief
                                                                                           fax to 804/343-3758.
                                                  Virginia Beach Economic Develop-
                R. Michael Amyx
                                                  ment Director Don Maxwell, who
                                                  has helped guide the city’s growth for

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                                             NEwS & NOTES

Va. Beach cited                           of the state’s FOI Advisory Council,      receive a grade of A or better for its
for FOI initiative                        charges for document searches reflect     Web site. … More than 97 percent
The City of Virginia Beach’s Free-        the salary of the lowest-paid city        of Alexandria residents believe they
dom of Information Office won the         employee capable of handing the           enjoy a “very good” or “good” quality
Virginia Coalition for Open Govern-       assignment.                               of life and more than 84 percent
ment’s 2006 public-sector award for           If a record is wrongly withheld,      give similar ratings to the level of
outstanding contributions to Freedom      the incident is logged to help the city   city services they receive in relation
of Information.                           learn from its mistake, and the inci-     to the taxes they pay, according to a
     Virginia Beach created the state’s   dent log is made available for public     telephone survey of 1001 residents
first local-government FOI office         inspection. If the office is uncertain    completed in late September by a
in August 2003, following a FOIA          of a FOIA rule, it checks with the        leading market research firm. More
battle involving the city, an animal      state’s FOI Council and heeds the         than 82 percent of residents surveyed
rights group and a supposedly private     advice of the state office.               reported their quality of life was as
non-profit group. Since then, the             A public notice board is on the       good or better than when the last
office has handled nearly 3,000 FOI       wall outside the FOI office, providing    survey was taken in 2004, reported
requests, produced more than 46,000       notice of all meetings of the city’s      the “2006 Alexandria Community
requested documents and aided             more than 40 boards, commissions,         Survey” conducted by the Center for
inspection of thousands more – pro-       committees and task forces.               Research & Public Policy.
viding space for easy record review
just a few steps from City Council’s      Elsewhere …                               Have news about your city, town or county
meeting chambers.                         … Computerworld magazine has named        government? Send information to David
     The city worked with its internal    Loudoun County’s Web site, www.           Parsons, editor, Virginia Town & City, via
auditor to calculate an actual five-      loudoun.gov, as one of the nation’s       e-mail at dparsons@vml.org or to P.O. Box
cents-per-page cost for copying public    top e-government sites. Loudoun was       12164, Richmond, VA 23241, or fax to
records. As suggested by the Office       one of just 14 county governments to      804/343-3758.

 VDOT consolidates
maintenance facilities
       HE VIRGINIA Department of Transportation                ties, reviewing administrative workload, customer service
       (VDOT) announced the next step in its ongoing efforts   factors, population served, geographical and highway safety
       to streamline maintenance operations and implement      considerations. Following this extensive review, VDOT has
its strategic business plan.                                   determined that it can continue to provide sustained levels
     VDOT plans to consolidate its 335                               of service, retain emergency response capability and
maintenance facilities into 244 locations                                 provide the safest highway network for all Virgin-
by July 1, 2008. Most major changes                                        ians using fewer maintenance facilities.
in crew deployment will not begin until                                        “As stewards of taxpayer dollars and as
the spring to ensure VDOT can provide                                       trustees charged with keeping Virginia roadways
uninterrupted snow-removal service                                          safe, VDOT must continually look for ways to
this winter. This consolidation comes as                                    better accomplish our business,” Ekern said.
VDOT also plans to outsource all interstate mainte-                       “Although these are difficult business decisions that
nance by July 1, 2009 as required by Virginia law.                       affect a large number of employees, this change will
     VDOT was host for a series of public informa-                                    ultimately allow us to better serve our
tion meetings around the state in November to                                         customers, the citizens of the common-
explain the consolidation plan, discuss its local                                    wealth.”
impacts and collect feedback from residents.                                            By closing these facilities, VDOT
VDOT Commissioner David Ekern was                                                    will reduce administrative overhead and
scheduled to complete his consolidation decisions                                    cut costs associated with maintaining
by Dec. 15.                                                                          underused facilities and equipment.
     Beginning in the spring of 2006, VDOT conducted           Savings           will be reinvested in the maintenance and
an in-depth analysis for all VDOT maintenance facili-          operations for the VDOT-maintained roads in those areas
                                                               consolidating facilities.
                                                                    “Since 2002, VDOT has reduced in size from nearly
                                                               10,300 employees to about 9,000 and has outsourced to the
                                                               private sector a significant amount of its work,” Ekern said.
                                                               “VDOT leaders found that it made sound business sense
                                                               to adjust the agency’s staffing, facility and equipment use to
                                                               reflect these changes.”
                                                                    VDOT’s existing area headquarters structure was estab-
                                                               lished in the 1930s and augmented during the 1950s and
                                                               early 1960s with the construction of the interstate system.
                                                               Since then, VDOT’s business has evolved while technology
                                                               and better equipment have changed the way the department
                                                               builds, maintains and operates Virginia’s highway system.
                                                               VDOT is adapting its maintenance facility structure to fall
                                                               in line with these changes.
                                                                    The consolidation effort, combined with VDOT’s
                                                               implementation of the legally required outsourcing of all
                                                               interstate maintenance by July 1, 2009, will affect about 600
                                                               VDOT positions. Most of the 425 employees working in
                                                               VDOT maintenance facilities slated for consolidation will
                                                               be shifted to other locations. The agency also will eliminate
                                                               175 positions by July 1, 2009 as it implements the outsourc-
                                                               ing of all interstate maintenance. VDOT anticipates
                                                               relocating or finding other appropriate positions for all but
                                                               about 40-50 employees during the implementation of these
                                                                    To view maps and a list of locations slated for consolida-
                                                               tion, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org/infoservice/news/consol.

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     New VML president
learned importance of service
       at an early age
      IVING BACK TO the com-                      As giant ships filled with iron           The store, which Webb kept
      munity in which she lives comes        ore and grain plied their way from        open for a decade, soon became a
      naturally to Rayetta Webb, a           Duluth toward the Atlantic Ocean          hub of activity in the town. When
Town Council member from Altavista           via the Saint Lawrence Seaway or          then-Altavista Town Manager Stanley
in Campbell County who                                    Erie Canal, Webb tooled      Goldsmith walked through the door
was installed as the 88th          By David Parsons
                                                          around the streets of the    not long after the shop opened, Webb
president of the Virginia                    city on her bicycle as a child, weather   had a message for him.
Municipal League in October.                 permitting. In winter, however,               “Lookout – because when I move,
     “That was just the way I was            weather rarely permitted. Winters         I’m coming,” Webb vowed.
raised,” said Webb, 50, who was born         in Duluth, which averages six-and-a-          Four years later, after purchasing a
and grew-up in the bustling port city        half feet of snow annually and where      house in Altavista on her 35th birthday,
of Duluth, Minn., located on the             temperatures can plummet to 30            Webb made good on her “I’m com-
westernmost point of the north shore         degrees below zero, were a way of         ing” promise when she began coming
of Lake Superior. “My parents were           life four months out of the year for a    to Town Council meetings … and
both grounded in the community               young girl who walked to school until     coming … and coming.
and there was just this real sense of        the 10th grade.                                             *****
community spirit in our home. As                  “Twenty-foot snow drifts were             In May 1994, after attending every
I grew older, not getting involved in        the norm, but nobody stayed inside,”      monthly meeting of the Altavista
something meaningful never seemed            Webb said. “And schools almost never      Town Council for nearly two-and-a-
like an option.”                             closed.”                                  half years, Webb was elected to the
     Webb’s father Charles, who                                 *****                  seven-member governing body. She
worked in sales, was Master of a                  Webb, a gifted student, graduated    has been re-elected three times since,
Masonic Lodge and served on Duluth           from high school after the 11th grade     mostly recently in November.
City Council; her mother Hazel was           and entered college at the age of 16.           Governing in southside Virginia
an active member of the Order of             A year later, however, she opted for      has presented a host of challenges in
the Eastern Star, the largest fraternal      a much different way of life when         the last decade as furniture manufac-
organization in the world that both          in 1974 she picked up and moved           turers and textile mills closed. Alta-
men and women can join.                      to the small southside Virginia town      vista was not immune. Once synony-
          Growing up as a child in           of Rustburg in Campbell County to         mous with Lane Furniture, the town
    Duluth with three older sisters and      pursue a romance that led to her first    suffered a devastating economic and
     an older brother left an indelible      marriage.                                 psychological blow when the company
       impression on Webb.                         Webb wasted little time immers-     slashed its 2,500-employee workforce
            “It’s a city that looks like it  ing herself in her new surroundings.      and then closed its plant and moved
          was brushed on to the shores            “There were absolutely no simi-      its headquarters at the turn of the
           of Lake Superior with the         larities,” Webb said. “I had grown        century.
             detail that only an artist      up in a large city (pop. 120,000), but          “When Lane shut down the
             could create. It rises up       I learned quickly why you call green      perception was that Altavista would
              from the water’s edge,         beans ‘snaps’ and that the only thing     roll under,” Webb said. “We hurt in
               sweeps up to the crest of     that you throw away on a pig is the       our hearts, but the people here pulled
                the hillside and disap-      ‘oink.’ ”                                 together.”
                 pears over the top,”             In 1987, Webb took another leap,          For Webb, the challenges of
                  Webb recalled. “It         this time in the world of business.       governing during such a tumultuous
                   stretches as far as the   Eighteen miles south of Rustburg          time have been rewarding.
                    eye can see from the     she opened the 2nd Time Around                 “People were just willing to step up
                      mouth of the St.       consignment shop. For four years          and get the job done here. Volunteer
                       Louis River as it     Webb commuted from Rustburg               was not a word that was shied away
                        widens to form       to Altavista to sell an assortment of     from,” Webb said. “I like being a part
                          the harbor on      furniture, glassware, books and once      of solutions,” she added, “and I like
                            its journey to   even a barber’s chair dating back to      seeing my town become a better place
                              the lake.”     the 1890s. She promptly joined the        to live.”
                                             Altavista Retail Merchants Association.

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    In addition to her service on
Town Council, Webb also serves on
the Board of Directors of “Altavista
on Track,” the Main Street program
committed to strengthening the
economic vitality of the downtown
business district. She also is a
member of the Altavista Chamber
of Commerce. Most recently, in
September, she opened an office in Al-
tavista as regional director for Amston
Mortgage, a company specializing in
reverse mortgages.
    Like many local elected officials
who dedicate substantial amounts of
time to their communities, Webb does
so with the backing of her colleagues
on Town Council, the community at
large, and the unwavering support
of a partner. Her husband Phillip, a
Lynchburg native who she married in
2002, serves the town as a member of
                                           do all of this without Phillip,” Webb         VML President Rayetta webb
the Board of Zoning Appeals.                                                             with her late father Charles
                                           said. “He understands the importance
    The couple has four grown                                                            Peterson on Father’s Day
                                           of being a part of this process.”             1996 in Safety Harbor, Fla.
children between them (one hers and
                                                                                         Peterson, who served on the
three his). Their first grandchild is                                                    City Council in Duluth, Minn.,
                                           About the author
due in April.                                                                            was an inspiration to his
                                           David Parsons is director of communications   daughter.
    “Everyone in town has been so
                                           for VML.
supportive of my efforts, but I couldn’t

Kaine issues smoking ban
       OV. TIM KAINE signed an Ex-            doing business with state government,       leadership on this important issue,”
       ecutive Order that will prohibit       and ultimately will help hold down          said Cathleen Smith Grzesiek,
       smoking in state government            our state workforce health care costs.”     director of public advocacy for
offices and common areas occupied by              Across the nation, 22 states,           the American Heart Association.
the executive branch, and state-owned         including the District of Columbia,         “Secondhand smoke is responsible
vehicles, beginning Jan. 1. The policy        Maryland and West Virginia, limit           for approximately 1,000 deaths in
does not include offices occupied by          smoking in state buildings, according       Virginia each year, as well as caus-
legislative or judicial branch employ-        to the American Lung Association.           ing or exacerbating a wide range
ees, or local governments, though                 “Over time, many agencies and           of adverse health conditions. This
Kaine urged them to consider a                building managers have acted on their       Executive Order marks a significant
similar ban on indoor smoking.                own to limit indoor smoking in their        milestone in protecting the health of
    Earlier this year, a United States        facilities, and this executive policy       all Virginians.”
Surgeon’s General Report recom-               decision will bring some consistency            Kaine will allow professionals
mended elimination of smoking from            and predictability to these ad-hoc          who operate Virginia’s mental health
indoor spaces to fully protect non-           policies across the broad range of          facilities and state prisons to set smok-
smokers from exposure to secondhand           state government operations,” Kaine         ing policies for their facilities. The
smoke.                                        said. “The taxpayers of Virginia own        superintendent of State Police will
    “As a major employer in Virginia,         these buildings, and when they have         set guidelines for vehicles assigned to
I am committed to taking steps to             business to conduct here, they have no      Virginia State Police personnel.
improve the health of employees and           alternative.”                                   The executive order directs agency
minimize health risks in the work-                “We applaud Governor Kaine’s            managers to set appropriate guidelines
place,” Kaine said. “Banning smok-            decision to protect the health of state     for smoking outside on state-owned
ing inside state government buildings         employees by making state buildings         property, including appropriate
and vehicles also will protect citizens       smoke free, and we appreciate his           signage.


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                                                                                          Doing business
                                                                                          The 101st VML Annual Conference in Virginia Beach
                                                                                          kicked off Oct. 15 with the opening of the exhibi-
                                                                                          tion hall, which included more than 70 vendors from
                                                                                          such firms as Moseley Architects and Anderson &

                            Mayor’s Institute graduates
                            Participants in the VML Mayor’s Institute held in Virginia Beach leading up to the annual conference included (l-r)
                            Marion Vice Mayor W. Eugene Hendrick, Appomattox Mayor John Wilson, Martinsville Mayor Kimble Reynolds,
                            Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey, Kilmarnock Mayor Curtis Smith, Windsor Mayor Marvin Crocker, Vienna Mayor
                            Jane Seeman, Christiansburg Mayor Richard Ballengee, Orange Mayor Henry Lee Carter, Suffolk Mayor Linda
                            Johnson, Poquoson Vice Mayor Arthur Holloway, Tazewell Mayor Jack Harry, Petersburg Mayor Annie Mickens,
                            Harrisonburg Mayor Rodney Eagle, Cape Charles Mayor T.K. “Dora” Sullivan, Gordonsville Mayor Robert Coiner,
                            Altavista Vice Mayor Ronald Coleman, Gate City Mayor Mark Jenkins, York County Vice Chairman Kenneth
                            Bowman, Petersburg Vice Mayor Horace Webb, Cape Charles Vice Mayor Bruce Evans, Herndon Vice Mayor Dennis
                            Husch and Dayton Mayor L.J. Purcell. Not pictured: Lynchburg Mayor Joan Foster, Buena Vista Mayor Todd
                            Jones, Onley Mayor John Kellam, Cape Charles Town Manager Timothy Krawczel, Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera
                            Oberndorf, Salem Mayor Howard Packett and Fredericksburg Mayor Thomas Tomzak.

Kicking things off
(Clockwise from top left) 3rd District Congressman
Robert C. Scott and Richmond City Council Vice
President Jackie Jackson at the National Black
Caucus for Local Elected Officials breakfast;
Fredericksburg City Manager Phil Rodenberg,
president of the Virginia Local Government
Management Association, with Elizabeth Kellar,
deputy executive director of the International City-
County Management Association, at the VLGMA
luncheon; National League of Cities President
Jim Hunt, council member from Clarksburg,
W.Va.; Gov. Tim Kaine being greeted following
his keynote address to the Oct. 16 opening session
of the conference.

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                            All business
                            (Clockwise from top left) Jay Moore,
                            vice president of Moseley Architects,
                            addresses a session on budgeting for
                            capital projects; Monica Allen, a
                            management analyst for the Norfolk
                            Department of Public Works, leads a
                            roundtable discussion on using volunteers
                            to remove illegal signs from rights-of-way; panelists leading a discussion on the future of
                            electric rates in Virginia included (l-r) Lance Terpenny, town manager of Christiansburg;
                            William Stephens, director of the Division of Energy Regulation for the Virginia State
                            Corporation Commission; and Steve Ruback, a principal with The Columbia Group,
                            a public interest utility consulting firm; a university-community workshop dealing with
                            meals taxes and university franchises prompted an informative discussion; Virginia Secretary of Finance Jody
                            Wagner addresses a session on real estate tax relief programs; David J. Urban, a marketing professor from Virginia
                            Commonwealth University, leads a roundtable discussion on local government “branding;” Blair Mitchell, Front Royal
                            town attorney, speaks during a session on procedural issues in adopting budgets and setting tax rates in towns; Brittany
                            Schaal, an emergency management planner for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, speaks during a
                            session on ensuring local continuity of operations in times of disaster or pandemic.

Host City Night
(Clockwise from top left) Staunton City Councilwoman Carolyn Dull took to the stage during host city
night and belted out her rendition of “Mustang Sally” with back-up help from the band “Gentlemen and
Their Lady;” VML Office Manager Joni Terry (l) and Herndon Town Attorney Richard Kaufman
partook in the Electric Slide as members of the band “Gentlemen and Their Lady” perform; Host City
Night guests were treated to a sampling of cuisines from across Virginia; Covington Vice Mayor Stephanie
Carter let loose with her cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

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                             Banquet festivities
                             Humorist Jeanne Robertson (left) entertained the audience following the closing banquet dinner; new VML President
                             Rayetta Webb, a council member from Altavista, thanks outgoing president Dr. French H. Moore Jr., vice mayor of
                             Abingdon, for his service as president.

                                                                                               Achievement Award winner
                                                                                               Under 5,000 population
                                                                                               Town of Hillsville
                                                                                               (l-r) Vice Mayor Orba Alderman, Council
                                                                                               Member Greg Yonce, Mayor Randall Gravley,
                                                                                               Council Member Bill Tate, Council Member Ed
                                                                                               Terry and Town Manager Larry South.

                                    Achievement Award winner
                                         5,000-10,000 population
                                                     Town of Pulaski
                            (l-r) David Quesenberry, assistant to the town
                            manager; John Hawley, town manager; Barbi
                                Tate, Pulaski community relations director;
                               Tina King, interim executive director of the
                            New River Valley Agency on Aging; and Gary
                                Heinline, director of the New River Valley
                             Agency on Aging Senior Services and Pulaski
                                                             Area Transit.

Achievement Award winner
Communications Award
City of Virginia Beach
(Above l-r) City Manager James K. Spore, Council Member
Rosemary Wilson, Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf, Council Member
Robert M. Dyer and Council Member Reba S. McClanan.

Achievement Award winner
35,001-90,000 population
Roanoke County
(Top right) Director of Management and Budget Brent Robertson

Achievement Award winner
President’s Award
Town of Culpeper
(Right l-r) Culpeper Council Member James C. Risner, Town
Manager J. Brannon Godfrey Jr. and Mayor Pranas A. Rimeikis.

Achievement Award winner
More than 90,000 population
City of Alexandria
(Right) Mayor Bill Euille

Approximately 500 people attended the banquet on the closing night of the conference.

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                                              VML,VACo co-sponsor
                                              Legislative Day Feb. 1
                                              Richmond Marriott Hotel, 5th & Broad St.

                                      The Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties
                                      will sponsor Legislative Day on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Richmond Marriott
                                      Hotel, located at 5th and Broad St. in downtown. VML and VACo staff
       will report on legislation affecting local governments, then local officials are encouraged to participate in
       committee meetings and lobby state legislators at the Capitol. Local officials are strongly encouraged to
       take their legislators to dinner. Please invite them soon.
       To register, mail this form and a check (payable to VML) for $30 per person to:
       VML, P.O. Box 12164, Richmond, VA 23241. Fax (804) 343-3758.
       Officials who need to stay overnight at the Richmond Marriott Hotel can get a special rate of $110
       for a single or double room. Call the hotel at 800-228-9290.
       For more details, call VML at (804) 649-8471 or VACo at (804) 788-6652.

                                        PROGRAM SCHEDULE
       9:30 a.m.            VML Executive Committee
       11 a.m.              Registration
       Noon                 VML and VACo staff legislative briefings (box lunch provided)
       Afternoon            Visits to state Capitol
       5:30 - 6:30 p.m.     Cash Bar reception for local officials
       Evening              Make plans now to take your state legislators to dinner!
       Enclosed is a check ($30 per person) payable to VML for the following people to attend:
       VML does not take credit cards.

       Name                                                                Name

       Title                                                               Title

       Name                                                                Name

       Title                                                               Title


       Mailing Address

       Phone                                         Special Accommodations

                                       (If necessary, attach a list of additional names with titles.)

                                                             January 5-6, 2007
                                                               January 5-6, 2007
                                                             Richmond Marriott Hotel
                                                               Richmond Marriott Hotel
                                                             500 East Broad Street
                                                               500 East Broad Street

Who should attend? The conference is designed primarily for newly elected officials, but it is also a
refresher course for incumbent officeholders and staff.

Location. The conference will be held at the Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 East Broad Street,
Richmond, VA 23219; toll free 1-800-228-9290; 1-804-643-3400. Directions will be mailed to
conference participants and can be located at the hotel’s web site at

Hotel reservations. Call the Marriott at 800-228-9290 to receive the conference room rate of $102
($117.26 including taxes and fees). The deadline for making hotel reservations is Dec. 22. One
night’s deposit for room and tax is required; credit cards are accepted. Check-in time is 4 p.m.;
checkout time is noon.

Registration fee. The $115 fee includes instructional costs, reception and dinner on Friday, lunch on
Saturday, and refreshment breaks. Partial registration fees for conference participants are not
available, although tickets for individual meal functions for spouses or guests may be purchased as
shown below. To register, complete the form and return with check made payable to VML; send to
Sherall Dementi, VML, P.O. Box 12164, Richmond, Va. 23241. Credit cards not accepted. Forms
may be faxed to 804/343-3758 and payment made upon arrival.

Dress. Business casual is appropriate for all events.

------------------------------------------------- Registration Form ---------------------------------------------

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________                                _____________________________________
    Name as it should appear on name badge                                     Spouse/guest (if attending)

Telephone: (_____) ______________________                             E-mail: ______________________________

Registration fee:           $115 per conference registrant                          Special Dietary requirements:
Guest Fees:                 $55 Friday reception & dinner
(Check events               $30 Saturday luncheon
guests will attend)

Total enclosed:          $________
       Sponsored by the Virginia Municipal League and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia

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                              Transportation partnership
                       keeps Henrico road projects rolling

      ENRICO COUNTy, ONE of              the county.                               of this multi-disciplinary, partnership
      only two counties in Virginia          A county goal is “… the efficient     approach. This project will widen
      to own and operate its own         use of capital expenditures to provide    Charles City Road to a four-lane,
secondary road system, has been on       the residents of Henrico County the       divided roadway. The project, now in
the leading edge of transportation       ability to travel throughout the county   the early stages of design, potentially
planning and problem solving for         in a safe manner and with minimum         involves three very large Civil War
nearly 75 years.                         congestion.”                              battlefields that figured prominently in
    Henrico was granted this special         Henrico’s rapidly increasing popu-    the 1864-1865 Richmond-Petersburg
status because it operated a highway     lation requires that the county’s traffic Campaign (Darbytown, Darbytown
department prior to the creation         studies, plans, designs and construc-     and New Market Roads, and Fair
in 1927 of the state agency that is      tion activities must be timely, efficient Oaks and Darbytown Road). Numer-
now the Virginia Department of           and cost-effective. A thorough knowl-     ous cultural resource concerns are
Transportation. VDOT assumed             edge of state and federal permitting      associated with obtaining the neces-
responsibility of building and main-     processes, as well as the environmental   sary water quality permits, adding to
taining local roads in most counties in  compliance process required by the        the complexity of the road-widening
1932. Control of the road system is      Federal Highway Administration and        project.
considered a power-
ful advantage for
community urban
planners, who can
require developers
in certain instances
to contribute to
funding needed for
roads to serve their
projects. Funding
also comes from
a variety of local,
federal and state       A section of the Charles City Road Project Corridor located in Henrico County.
programs.                                VDOT, is essential. The county’s re-           Michael Baker’s integrated ap-
    The 2005 General Assembly            sponsibilities on federally funded proj-  proach to planning, environmental
included language in the Ap-             ects include preparing environmental      permitting and design, coupled with
propriations Act establishing a          impact documents, coordinating with       its experience working with Henrico
Local Partnership Team to continue       permitting agencies and meeting           County staff, will ensure efficient,
VDOT’s partnerships with local           public involvement requirements. If       cost-effective completion of this
governments. An independent group        not carefully scheduled and completed     project and other ones in the future.
with members having varied technical     on time, these processes can delay
backgrounds, this “team” provides        transportation improvements.
technical assistance and training to         To keep projects moving, staff        Contact: Michael Baker Jr. Inc.,
local government staff administer-       members from Henrico County and           Paul M. Prideaux, P.E., Assistant
ing federally funded transportation      the engineering firm of Michael           Vice President, Richmond, VA 804
projects. Specific areas addressed by    Baker Jr. Inc. participate together in    / 287-3160 or Lee Priestas, Director
the team include: civil rights, external Local Partnership Team workshops.         of Public Works / County Engineer,
and construction audits, scheduling      They stay in close contact with team      Henrico County, VA 804/501-4393.
and contracts, environmental issues,     members, keeping up-to-date with the      Michael Baker Jr., Inc., a VML sus-
security operations and management,      latest regulations and transportation     taining member, provides engineering,
location and design, and right-of-way    project requirements.                     environmental, planning, manage-
and utilities. Henrico works with this        The Charles City Road improve-       ment and operations services.
Local Partnership Team on federally      ment project in the eastern part of
funded transportation projects within    the county demonstrates the benefits

   Local governments
have expanded authority
  over towing charges
          HAT CAN A city or town           maximum tow fees. The locality may        The tow operator is allowed to require
          council do when citizens         require signs to identify the govern-     payment for the tow and storage prior
          complain that towing compa-      ment official who handles complaints      to the vehicle’s removal. In addition
nies charge too much? What can your        about towing. The ordinance may           to applying to the owner, the owner’s
council do when citizens complain          also require the tow operator to          agent or insurance company has the
about the quality of local                            obtain written authorization   same rights.
                                   By Mark Flynn
towing companies?                                     from the property owner            The amendments create a State
    The problem arises most often          who requested the tow. Written            Board for Towing and Recovery
when a vehicle is towed from private       authorization means a signature to        Operations. Section 46.2-2800. The
property. For example: When a tow-         have the specific vehicle towed, not      state board is to adopt regulations
ing company removes a vehicle from         just a general towing contract. The       effective by July 1, 2008 over towing
private property, such as a shopping       host locality’s ordinance applies if      companies, tow trucks and tow truck
mall parking lot, it might be tempted      the vehicle is towed to a tow yard in     drivers. When the regulations are
to charge the owner an exorbitant          another locality. Va. Code § 46.2-1232.   adopted, tow companies will fall into
amount to retrieve it since that’s the          Before adopting the ordinance        one of two categories: those that can
only way to get the vehicle back.          that establishes the tow rates and        tow vehicles that weigh less than 13
    Amendments to the state code           other provisions, the locality must       tons and those that can tow any size
that took effect July 1 now help local     appoint a towing advisory board. The      vehicle. It will be illegal to operate a
governments deal with the behavior         board is to have voting members: one      towing company in Virginia without
of towing companies, including the         member of the general public and          a towing license. In addition to the
rates that they charge.                    an equal number of law-enforcement        company having a license, each tow
    Previously, state law allowed          personnel and tow operators. Va. Code     driver must obtain authorization from
private property owners, including         § 26.2-1233.2.                            the state board. Driving without the
cities, towns and counties that operate         In addition to limiting the tow-     authorization will be illegal.
parking facilities, to have unauthor-      ing fees, the                                                             For some
ized vehicles towed by a tow company.      ordinance                                                             time the law
Va. Code § 46.2-1321. Rates were not       may prohibit                                                            has allowed
included in the local authority.           a tow com-                                                               localities
    The most significant change            pany from                                                                to regulate
in the new law allows a locality to        charging                                                                 towing
regulate the maximum fees for towing       storage fees                                                             companies
unattended vehicles. This includes         during times                                                             that tow
vehicles that the police direct to         the company                                                              vehicles at
be towed; vehicles left on another         is closed.                                                               the request
person’s private property; and vehicles    Section 46.2-                                                            of the po-
parked illegally. If there is no local     1233.1.B.                                                               lice. With
ordinance, the state law sets a cap of     The ordi-                                                               the creation
$125 and an add-on cap of $25 for          nance may not                                                       of the state
tows made on a weekend or night.           require the tow company                         board, any local regulations may
With an ordinance, the locality may        to operate as a repair garage. Section    not be less restrictive than the regula-
set a lower amount per tow and may         46.2-1232.B.                              tions the board will adopt.
also limit the extra charges.                   Another amendment creates                The towing laws, as amended by
    Localities may adopt an ordinance      additional rights for the owner of a      the 2006 legislation, will help local
regulating the removal of unauthor-        vehicle that was towed at the direction   governments and the state ensure that
ized vehicles. The law was amended         of the police. Section 46.1-1217. Once    towing companies treat the public
to allow the locality to require the tow   towed, the tow operator must allow        fairly and professionally.
operator to photograph the vehicle         the owner to come on the tow com-
to substantiate the reason for the tow     pany’s property in order to inspect the   About the author: Mark Flynn is
and to post signs at the tow operator’s    vehicle. The owner may also have the      director of legal services for VML.
office and any tow yard showing            vehicle towed to another tow yard.

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                                                 tral library manager. Reqs. an ALA/MLS           including word processing and spreadsheet
     Longer version of job ads                   and min. 2 yrs. professional librarian exper.    software. Prefer college degree or prior
     posted at www.vml.org                       Supervisory exper. req. Must be eligible for     municipal exper. Send resume and com-
     Because of the number of requests           Va. certification as a Professional Librarian.   pleted town application (www.uppermarl-
     it receives to publish job advertise-       For additional details or to apply visit www.    boromd.gov/vacancies/application.pdf)
     ments, VML reduces the length of the        jobs.cityofchesapeake.net. Deadline: Dec.        to 301/627-2080 (fax) or administrator@
     position descriptions in Virginia Town      12. EOE.                                         uppermarlboromd.gov. Deadline: Dec. 18.
     & City. A full version of all of the                                                         EOE.
     job listings published here and for the     Town Attorney, Front Royal
     past two months appears on VML’s            SALARy: Negotiable DOQ/DOE. Reqs.                Assistant City Attorney, Hampton
     Web site at www.vml.org. Click on           Must be admitted to practice in Va.;             SALARY: Negotiable DOQ (+) benefits.
     “Marketplace” to read the complete          admission to practice in local federal courts    Responsibilities include: “first chair”
     descriptions.                               a plus. Familiarity with general civil litiga-   handling of civil litigation; providing
                                                 tion is necessary. Submit resume/town            risk management advice, contract rights
                                                 application form, salary requirements and        enforcement, eminent domain proceedings,
Transportation Planner (Public
                                                 availability date, to: Town of Front Royal,      civil rights and tort cases. Reqs. JD from
works), Harrisonburg                             Director of Human Resources, 16 N. Royal         accredited law school, license to practice
                                                 Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630. Contact:            in Va. and good standing with Va. State
SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits.                    www.ci.front-royal.va.us or humanresourc-        Bar. Should have min. 3 yrs. progressively
Coordinate planning of transportation            es@ci.front-royal.va.us or Fax: 540/631-         responsible litigation exper. in state and
programs, conduct research, prepare grants       9006. Deadline: Dec. 31. EOE.                    federal courts. Experience in municipal
and reports, make presentations, assist with                                                      or other public sector Va. law preferred.
street planning improvements, review de-         Director of Public Utilities,                    Submit City of Hampton employment
velopment plans, make recommendations            Caroline County                                  application via www.hampton.gov/HIRE .
regarding ordinance changes and assist in                                                         To request accommodation call 757/727-
                                                 SALARY: Negotiable DOQ (+) benefits.
planning and review studies. Complete job                                                         6345 or FAX 757/727-6449. Open until
                                                 (pop. 25,000) Lead newly created dept.
description at: http://www.harrisonburgva.                                                        filled. EOE.
                                                 Plan and direct operations of rapidly
gov/index.php?id=250. Applications may
                                                 expanding utility system. Priorities include
be downloaded from the Web site. Submit                                                           Planner, Front Royal
                                                 an application for a major surface water
required City of Harrisonburg application,
                                                 withdrawal permit, major expansion of            SALARy: Major duties include review of
resume and 3 work-related references to:
                                                 the county wastewater treatment plant            land proposals, re-zoning and special use
Human Resources Department, Attn:
                                                 and construction and operation of a              requests, subdivision plats, permits and
Karen Musselman, City of Harrisonburg,
                                                 decentralized sewer system. Reqs. relevant       other applications for compliance with
VA, 345 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA
                                                 bachelor’s degree and 6-9 yrs. of progres-       regs. Reqs. bachelor’s degree in planning
22801. #3630. Open until filled. EOE.
                                                 sively responsible exper., Va. P.E. registra-    and min. 3 yrs. exper. in land-use planning,
Public works Engineer (Public
                                                 tion. Applications and position description      zoning or closely related field, or equiv.
works), Harrisonburg                             obtained from County Administrator’s             comb. of educ. and exper. Applicants
                                                 Office or www.visitcaroline.com. Submit          should contact Nimet Soliman, Assistant
SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits.                    completed county application, cover              Town Manager for Community Develop-
Responsible for planning, organizing and         letter and recent salary info. to: County        ment, at 540/622-6505. See www.ci.front-
directing the design and construction of         Administrator Percy Ashcraft, P.O. Box           royal.va.us. Open until filled. EOE.
public works capital improvements, ensur-        447, Bowling Green, VA 22427. Contact:
ing compliance with city land development,       804/633-5380. Open until filled. EOE.            Housing Programs Coordinator,
transportation policies, rules and regs.,                                                         Albemarle County
coordinating work with other agencies and        Deputy Director of Finance,
depts.. (especially VDOT) and assisting in                                                        SALARy: $35,110-$42,132 DOQ/DOE
                                                 Herndon                                          (+) benefits. Coordinate the collection and
overall management of public works dept.
                                                 SALARy: $58,209-$93,136 DOQ (+)                  analysis of data necessary to implement
Complete job description: http://www.
                                                 benefits. (May underfill at $55,995-$89,592      housing programs, including assistance
                                                 if not a CPA). (pop. 21,500) Responsible         to first-time homebuyers and activities
Applications may be downloaded from the
                                                 for accounting functions to include payroll,     undertaken by nonprofit housing providers;
Web site. Submit required City of Har-
                                                 accounts payable, general ledger; oversee        assisting in review of housing proffers;
risonburg application, resume and 3 work-
                                                 utility customer services; assist in develop-    monitoring compliance with housing prof-
related references to: Human Resources
                                                 ment of town bdgt., CIP; lead role in            fers in coordination with the zoning office.
Department, Attn: Karen Musselman,
                                                 annual financial audit. Reqs. bachelor’s         Reqs. educ. and exper. equiv. to graduation
City of Harrisonburg, VA, 345 S. Main St.,
                                                 degree in accounting, finance or business        from accredited 4-yr. college or university
Harrisonburg, VA 22801. #3640. Open
                                                 admin.; CPA or ability to obtain within 2        with major work in public admin., social
until filled. EOE.
                                                 yrs.; 3-5 yrs. Call 703/481-1185, e-mail         sciences or related field. Apply at www.
Librarian III, Chesapeake
                                                 jobs@herndon-va.gov or visit www.                albemarle.org/jobs.asp or County of Albe-
                                                 herndon-va.gov. Open until filled. EOE.          marle, Department of Human Resources,
SALARY: $41,527 (+) benefits. Manage                                                              401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA
central library reference dept. that serves as   Town Clerk, Upper Marlboro, Md.                  22902. Contact: 434/296-5827. Deadline:
a resource to 5 libraries and bookmobile;                                                         Dec. 20. EOE.
                                                 SALARy: DOQ/DOE. (pop. 650) Provide
includes a public law library, state & federal
                                                 FT clerical and administrative support
documents depository and local history
                                                 of the Town Commission and all depart-
collections. Supervise 6 librarians and 6
                                                 ments. Reqs. proficient use of computers,
paraprofessionals under direction of cen-


Public works Director, Dumfries                Cumberland, VA 23040. Open until filled.        Utility Director, Manassas
SALARy: DOQ. Play important role in            EOE.                                            SALARy: $100,000-$137,000 DOQ/DOE
maintenance and development of infra-                                                          (+) benefits. Lead planning and operation
structure, including roads, sidewalks, storm   Planner/Zoning Administrator,                   of Utilities Dept., including electric, water,
                                               Cumberland County
water management and parks. Responsible                                                        sewer and other utility programs. Staff
for developing and monitoring $1 million-      SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits.                   appx. 100; annual operating and CIP bdgt.
plus annual bdgt. and overseeing upcoming      Manages long-range planning and land            $52M. Provides electrical service to appx.
capital improvements of $2 million. Reqs.      use functions, rezoning activities and          15,000 customers through 6 substations
exper. in financial and personnel mngmnt.,     other aspects of the Comprehensive Plan.        and a 12.5 KV distribution system. Water
VDOT programs, erosion and sediment            Duties include explaining procedures and        system consists of 880-acre reservoir and
control, and general construction. Reqs. 4-    ordinances, reviewing subdivision and           14 MGD plant. Reqs. excellent knowledge
yr. degree and considerable exper. Submit      zoning requests and preparing agenda            of the electric, water and sewer industry.
resume to: Town Manager, P.O. Box 56,          for Planning Commission and Board of            Knowledge of utility operating and capital
Dumfries, VA or to david.whitlow@dum-          Zoning Appeals. Call 804/492-3562 for           bdgts. essential. Working knowledge of
friesvirginia.org. Open until filled. EOE.     complete job description. Submit county         fiber-optic telecommunications desired.
                                               application to Cumberland County Admin-         Reqs. 12 yrs. utility mngmnt. exper.,
Director of Community                          istrators Office, Attn: Jill Matthews, P.O.     bachelor’s degree in engineering and P.E.
Development, Cumberland County                 Box 110, Cumberland, VA 23040. Open             certificate. Apply: Human Resources
SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits. Serves           until filled. EOE.                              Department, 9027 Center St., Room 302,
as project manager for development and                                                         Manassas, VA 20110. FAX: 703/257-
building of major county projects; directs     Civil Engineer, Ashland                         5827; hr@ci.manassas.va.us; www.manas-
and develops long- and short-range com-        SALARy: $42,158-$56,217 hiring range            sascity.org. Open until filled. EOE.
munity services and programs; provides         (+) benefits. Reqs. bachelor’s degree in
staff support to boards and commissions;       civil engineering (Engineer in Training         Manager of Accounting and
coordinates tourism initiatives. Com-          Certificate desirable) and 2 yrs. experience.   Budget, Norfolk Department of
plete job description available by calling     Job description and required application at     Utilities
804/492-3562. Submit county application        www.town.ashland.va.us. Open until filled.      SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits. CFO
to Cumberland County Administrators            EOE.                                            for $136 million water and wastewater
Office, Attn: Jill Matthews, P.O. Box 110,                                                     bdgt. Lead 9-member staff and be


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responsible for capital and operating bdgts.,     field and 7 yrs. progressively responsible       ment of a new dept. and program is ideal.
long-term financial planning, revenue             govt. administrative exper., including 2 yrs.    Responsible for annual bdgt. and staffing
forecasting, rate setting, bond issues, financ-   managerial exper.; certification as a CPA or     to be developed. Reqs. relevant bachelor’s
ing methods, contracts and sale/purchase          CPFO and valid driver’s license. Prefer rel-     degree; 5-10 yrs. increasingly responsible
of assets, financial reporting, accounts          evant master’s degree; active certification as   mngmnt. and operations exper. in parks
payable/receivable and cash needs. Reqs.          a Certified North Carolina Public Finance        and rec. Required town application avail-
relevant bachelor’s degree and 5 yrs.             Officer and/or experience dealing with           able at www.warrentonva.gov. Submit to:
progressive financial mngmnt. exper.              the N.C. State Treasury’s Office. Apply          Director of Finance & Human Resources,
Public sector exper., CPA, MPA/MBA                on-line at www.wilmingtonnc.gov. Contact:        P.O. Drawer 341, Warrenton, VA 20188.
desirable. Norfolk residency req. within          City of Wilmington Human Resources at            Deadline: Dec. 30 EOE.
6 mos. Details and applications at: www.          910/341-7840 or 910/341-5841 (Fax). Job
norfolk.gov or 757/664-4010, Ext. 353, or         # 206233. Deadline: Jan. 5. EOE.                 City Arborist, Virginia Beach
Human Resources Department, 100 City                                                               SALARY: $50,991 (+) benefits to
Hall Bldg., Norfolk, VA 23501. Open until         Director of Public works,                        start. Reqs. any comb. of educ. (above high
filled. EOE.                                      Hampton                                          school) and/or exper. equiv. to 8 yrs., 3
                                                  SALARY: Negotiable (+) benefits. Includes        of which must have been in a supervisory
Human Resources Director,                         oversight of the city engineer and respon-       capacity, in fields such as urban forestry,
Virginia Municipal League                         sibility for directing and administering the     horticulture or park admin., and associated
SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits. Direct              public works operations: Traffic Engineer-       with such positions as municipal arborist or
all phases of personnel administration,           ing, Streets and Roads, Drainage Mainte-         city forester, which provided the required
including recruitment, selection, benefits,       nance, Facilities Maintenance, Steam Plant,      knowledge, skills and abilities. Reqs.
performance mngmnt. and supervisory               Wastewater Operations and Solid Waste.           International Society of Arboriculture
training for an association of local govern-      Also responsible for maintenance of city fa-     designation as Certified Arborist or must
ments and administrator of group self             cilities and fleet. Reqs. relevant bachelor’s    be able to achieve within 1 yr. Visit www.
insurance programs. Will also provide HR          degree (master’s in public administration        Vbgov.com/careers for more details and to
advice and training to external insurance         preferred); 5 yrs increasingly responsible       apply on-line. No faxes, e-mails or paper
customers. Reqs. relevant bachelor’s              public works operations, managerial and          applications accepted. Reference #1142.
degree and min. 7 yrs. related work exper.        supervisory experience, some of which            Deadline: Dec. 31. EOE.
Prefer professional designations and Va.          must have been in municipal government.
local govt. exper. Some in state travel           Submit City of Hampton application via           City Manager, Chesapeake,
required. VML has a staff of 70 employ-           www.hampton.gov/hire. Open until filled.         SALARY: Negotiable (+) benefits package.
ees. Submit cover letter, resume and salary       EOE.                                             (Pop. 220,000) Reqs. relevant bachelor’s
requirements to: P. Steven Craig, Manag-                                                           degree, min. 5-9 yrs. of progressively
ing Director, VML Insurance Programs,             Chief of Police, Christiansburg                  responsible local govt. mngmnt. exper.
P.O. Box 71420, Richmond, VA 23255.               SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits. (Pop.              Master’s desirable. A significant record of
No telephone calls or agencies. Open until        17,000) Appointed by Town Council;               accomplishment in a diverse community
filled. EOE.                                      works under direct supervision of town           is important. Prefer considerable exper.
                                                  manager. Focus on public and media               in dealing with complex transportation
Fire Chief, City of Danville                      relations, personnel management and              and traffic flow issues, budgeting, financial
SALARy: $76,000-$98,000 start range               conflict/grievance resolution, fiscal budget-    mngmnt., workforce development, commu-
DOQ (+) benefits. (Pop. 48,000) Plan,             ing and principles of lean / value-added         nity redevelopment and affordable housing
direct and supervise fire protection, hazard-     government in an environment where               and community and intergovernmental
ous material response and emergency med-          small-town values and hometown charm             relations. Submit letter of application,
ical assistance. Responsible for the ISO          are prized. Manage 65-70 employees;              detailed resume with salary and references
Class 2 department’s $7 million capital and       budgeting and planning; maintaining              to: John T. Maxwell or Roger M. Scott, Se-
operating bdgts. and 122 fire personnel.          accreditation; resolving personnel issues.       nior Vice President, Springsted Inc., 4698
Reqs. educ. and exper. equiv. to bachelor’s       Prefer bachelor’s degree in criminal justice     Honeygrove Road, Suite 4, Virginia Beach,
degree in fire science, public administration     and continuing educ. in business or public       VA 23455. Contact: 757/422-6617 (fax)
or related field and extensive exper. in fire     admin. (MBA/MPA). Submit resume and              or jmaxwell@springsted.com. For a full
service mngmnt. and supervision. Send             town employment application (available           profile describing the City of Chesapeake
confidential resume/application to: City of       at www.christiansburg.org) to: Town of           and the position visit www.springsted.com.
Danville, Director of Human Resources,            Christiansburg, Attn: Clay McCoy, Direc-         Deadline: Jan. 8. EOE.
427 Patton St., Municipal Building, Room          tor Human Resources, 100 E. Main St.,
300, Danville, VA 24541. Log-on to www.           Christiansburg, VA 24073. Deadline: Jan.         Submit ads via e-mail to David Parsons at:
danville-va.gov to download application.          12. EOE.                                         dparsons@vml.org. VML publishes job ads at no
Deadline: Jan. 5. EOE.                                                                             cost to its member local governments. Non-members
                                                  Director of Parks & Recreation,                  are charged a flat rate of at least $25 per ad per
Finance Director,                                 warrenton                                        issue, which includes posting on VML’s Web site
wilmington, N.C.                                  SALARY: DOQ/DOE (+) benefits.                    and publication in the Update newsletter and
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By Janet Areson

What local governments need for CSA
      HE COMPREHENSIVE                     and family assessment and planning          intervention programs, such as the
      Services for At-Risk youth and       teams that develop individual service       Healthy Families Program or truancy
      Families (CSA) program, devel-       plans for children and families; and        programs. Greater state emphasis
oped in the early 1990s in response to     more recently, tracking, collecting,        on, and funding of, such successful
growing costs and use of residential       and submitting comprehensive data           efforts could reap benefits for affected
services for troubled youth, has been      quarterly for each child served in the      children and for taxpayers statewide.
subject to a number of studies since       community.                                      Investment in children’s
its implementation. Currently, two              Contract negotiations. Many            mental health services. The state
studies of CSA are underway – a Joint      local governments need help with            needs to invest more in children’s
Legislative Audit and Review Com-          residential services negotiations.          services. Children are not a prior-
mission (JLARC) evaluation of CSA’s        Each locality individually negoti-          ity population in the state’s mental
administration, particularly residential   ates increasingly complex service           health system. While the majority of
services costs versus quality (HJR 60),    contracts with private residential          children’s beds in the state’s mental
and SJR 96, a two-year joint legisla-      service providers. Local governments        health system have closed since CSA
tive study chaired by Sen. Emmett          do not have the authority to bid on         began, there has been insufficient
Hanger, focusing on the program’s          services as a pool. Moreover, the state     investment in community-based
cost effectiveness.                        stopped regulating residential service      services to offset the closures and
     CSA’s goal is to work collab-         costs when CSA was implemented,             meet increasing needs. More commu-
oratively to most effectively meet the     believing “market forces” would             nity-based services would help those
complex and multiple needs of at-risk      lower costs. They have not done so.         children who otherwise end up in the
children and families with the least       Residential costs continue to increase,     mandated CSA population or in the
restrictive and most cost-effective        and smaller local governments in            juvenile justice system.
services possible. While this innova-      particular are at a disadvantage when           Investment in training and
tive program is far ahead of many          negotiating contracts.                      quality improvement. The state
states’ efforts, it is a complicated and        Investment in prevention and           needs to invest in the people in the
costly one for the state and its local     early intervention. CSA’s original          communities who run the multi-mil-
governments, which administer the          framework included two components:          lion dollar CSA program. There
program on the state’s behalf.             services for mandated populations           has been a general lack of targeted,
     Each study of CSA has led to          (i.e., children in foster care or special   consistent training and support for
some program improvements. Local           education) and prevention and early         those who administer or participate in
governments hope that the current          intervention services for non-mandat-       the CSA process. This lack of support
studies will bring positive changes as     ed children to delay or prevent their       has undoubtedly contributed to the
well. The following are some items         move into the mandated population.          high turnover in coordinators at the
local governments would like to see        These include children coming to the        local level. It also impedes implemen-
addressed by these studies:                attention of juvenile courts, as well       tation of best practices and manage-
     Administrative funding. Local         as children with mental health needs        ment innovations that could decrease
governments administer this program        whose parents or guardians are unable       residential placements and improve
on behalf of the state. As administra-     to get them services primarily because      outcomes. At a recent meeting of the
tive requirements have increased,          of private insurance limits or lack of      SJR 96 CSA study committee, Hamp-
the state’s administrative allocations     insurance.                                  ton Social Services Director Walt
to communities have not kept up.                CSA’s prevention and early inter-      Credle recommended the institution of
Each year, localities receive between      vention piece remains largely unde-         a CSA academy. Local governments
$12,500 and $50,000 from the state         veloped. Limited state mental health        would appreciate the value of such a
to help defray administrative costs.       funds for non-mandated children do          program for CSA coordinators, FAPTs,
The state’s administrative allocation      not stretch far. In addition, existing      CPMTs and families.
of $1.6 million has not increased          early intervention programs, such
since 2000. Local administrative           as the Virginia Juvenile Community
requirements include employing a           Crime Control Act, were drastically                        About the author
CSA coordinator, who manages this          cut back during the last recession,                        Janet Areson is director
complex program for one or more            and never have been restored. Some                         of policy development for
communities; negotiating contracts for     communities have invested local                            VML.
services; coordinating and staffing the    resources and in some cases, private
community policy management team           grant or limited state dollars, in

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