Henrico names England to lead county’s public utilities department

Henrico names England to lead county’s public utilities department

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Chip B. England to serve as director of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), effective Monday, May 15.

England currently works as the director of the Department of Engineering and Utilities for Prince George County. He will succeed Arthur D. Petrini, who is retiring from the position. Petrini has led Henrico’s DPU since 2001.

As director, England will head an agency with more than 300 employees and a budget of nearly $84.7 million for the 2017 fiscal year. DPU provides drinking water and wastewater services to more than 95,000 customers. In addition, the agency provides refuse collection and recycling services and manages the Keep Henrico Beautiful program. DPU also oversees the Cobbs Creek Reservoir regional water supply project, currently under construction in Cumberland County.

Prior to his service with Prince George County, England worked as a deputy director of public works for Hanover County and served as an assistant division director of the water treatment facility for Henrico DPU, a post he held from 2002 to 2011.

England earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received a master of business administration degree from Averett University and completed coursework in the master of civil engineering program at Virginia Tech. He is a registered professional engineer with the Commonwealth of Virginia.