Recent News Releases

Aug. 15, 2018

CONTACT: Leslie Martin Stephen, Program Manager for Adult Substance Abuse, Outpatient, Court and Jail Services, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
PHONE: (804) 727-8949

Henrico to present Oscar-nominated film ‘Heroin(e)’ Sept. 19 to promote recovery

Henrico County will present a free showing of the Oscar-nominated film “Heroin(e)” Wednesday, Sept. 19 to promote hope for those battling addiction.

Released in 2017, the Netflix-original documentary highlights three women — a fire chief, a judge and a street missionary — as they confront the opiate epidemic in Huntington, W.Va.

The film presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. A fair of community service providers will start at 5:30 p.m. The event is organized by the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office, Henrico County Adult Drug Treatment Court and Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services.

Aug. 14, 2018

CONTACT: Barbara Herzog, Director, Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates
PHONE: (804) 501-1671

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers to serve as child advocates
Information session set for Aug. 27, training starts Sept. 22

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold an information session Monday, Aug. 27 for people who may be interested in volunteering to work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the CASA offices in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. To reserve a seat, contact Rebecca Kalman-Winston at (804) 501-1670 or

Henrico CASA will offer a 14-session training program for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Sept. 22. The classes will be held at Henrico CASA’s offices and be followed by a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the court for more than 23 years. Working typically 10 to 15 hours per month, volunteer advocates gather information on a child’s circumstances to supplement information provided to the court. Henrico CASA volunteers served 333 children by donating 14,473 hours during fiscal year 2017-18.

Prospective volunteers must apply by Friday, Sept. 7, be at least 21 years old, have regular access to a computer and attend all training sessions. All applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks.

Anyone interested in applying but unable to attend the information session is asked to contact Jeannine Panzera at (804) 501-1673 or For an application or more information, go to

Aug. 13, 2018

CONTACT: Jeff Conley,  Supplier Relations Manager, Henrico County Department of Finance/Purchasing Division
PHONE: (804) 501-5689

Central Virginia localities joining forces for regional business expo Sept. 10

Several central Virginia localities and their procurement offices are hosting an event Monday, Sept. 10 that is designed to help companies learn how to do business with local governments.

The 2018 Growing Business Together Regional Expo is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway. Registration is available at until Thursday, Sept. 6. The cost is $25 plus a transaction fee. Walk-up registration will not be accepted at the event.

A collaborative effort between Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties and the city of Richmond, Growing Business Together is designed for small, women- and minority-owned companies and other businesses interested in becoming vendors with the four localities. The regional expo will feature sessions on entrepreneurship and marketing and will offer insights into the procurement process. Participants can learn about upcoming business opportunities with the local governments and take part in networking activities.

Jeff Conley, supplier relations manager with Henrico County, noted that typically the participating localities have held separate procurement events for prospective vendors but are combining efforts for the expo. Businesses will benefit from the regional focus and the show of unity, he said.

“Growing Business Together will allow participants to explore the region’s assets and engage a wide audience,” Conley said. “It’s a collaborative event to help build growth for the region.”

For additional information, contact Conley at (804) 501-5689 or

Aug. 7, 2018

CONTACT: Victoria Davis, Public Relations Specialist, Henrico County Public Relations & Media Services

PHONE: (804) 501-4933

Henrico earns VACo awards for STEM education, mentorship programs
Association also salutes regional effort to find solutions to the opioid epidemic

Henrico County’s general government and Henrico County Public Schools have been honored by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for two initiatives offering hands-on learning opportunities in STEM subjects for older elementary students and providing role models for students at The Academy at Virginia Randolph. VACo also recognized the region’s efforts to identify community-based solutions to the opioid crisis.

VACo recognized 25 programs in its 2018 Achievement Awards competition among a record 106 submissions by member counties across the state. VACo will salute the winners of its 16th awards competition during its annual conference in November.

“One of the greatest tests of any local government is how it responds to the evolving needs of its community,” Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “In Henrico, we embrace this challenge and empower our employees and departments to continuously look for new and better ways to meet the needs of our residents. The VACo awards program is an excellent way to celebrate local-government innovation in Virginia. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Henrico received an award for the Elementary Explorers program of the Henrico County Public Library. Started in 2016, the program teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics to third through fifth graders at the Tuckahoe Area Library. Popular with children and parents, the program offers hands-on instruction, promotes discovery and provides age-appropriate learning opportunities that complement school curriculum.

Henrico County Public Schools earned an award for the 100 Men Challenge at The Academy at Virginia Randolph. The initiative invites 100 men from various professions onto the campus one day each month to serve as role models and to motivate, encourage and support the male students.

VACo also recognized the region’s efforts to identify solutions to the opioid epidemic. Hanover County received an award for the Revive RVA: Regional Solutions to the Opioid Crisis summit, which was organized by Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. The summit, held in October at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, attracted about 850 community members and included speakers, moderated discussions and training on how to save someone’s life following an overdose.

Aug. 1, 2018

CONTACT: Lt. Shawn M. Sears, Animal Protection Unit, Henrico County Police Division
PHONE: (804) 727-8801

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Aug. 18

The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.

Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10. Licenses now are valid for the life of the animal while the owner lives in Henrico and its rabies vaccinations are kept current.

Officers will be available to discuss license and vaccination requirements. For information, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801.

July 27, 2018

CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Assistant to the County Manager for Board Affairs
PHONE: (804) 501-4318

Henrico Supervisor Hinson tapped for VACo committee

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) has named Brookland District Supervisor Harvey L. Hinson to its Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee for 2018.

Hinson is one of seven Henrico County officials, including the five members of the Board of Supervisors and two deputy county managers, currently serving on a VACo steering committee.

Henrico’s Board of Supervisors voted July 10 to appoint Hinson to the Brookland District seat. He will represent the district until a special election for the position is held in conjunction with the general election in November. He previously served as interim supervisor for Brookland from February to November 2017. A longtime Henrico employee, Hinson worked 46 years for the county — including 15 years as a deputy county manager — before retiring in 2007.

VACo committees review legislative requests from member counties, recommend an annual legislative program and provide policy guidance to VACo staff. The association represents local governments at the state and federal levels and provides a resource network for planning and implementing ideas and technologies.

July 16, 2018

CONTACT: Lt. C.L. Garrett, Public Information/Media Relations, Henrico County Police Division
PHONE: (804) 501-4869

Henrico Police remind residents to lock vehicles following increase in larcenies

The Henrico County Police Division is urging residents to lock their vehicles and not store items of value in their vehicles following a recent increase in stolen vehicles and larcenies from vehicles.

The number of incidents of these crimes has risen countywide during the past month. An overwhelming majority of cases have involved vehicles that were not locked; some were also unattended and running. In the past 30 days, there have been 267 incidents of larcenies from vehicles and 60 vehicles stolen countywide.

“Residents are encouraged to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. Keep your vehicle locked at all times, take your keys with you and remove from view any money or valuables that may attract attention,” Police Chief Humberto “Hum” I. Cardounel Jr. said. “In many cases, a thief may steal a vehicle or valuables from inside only if the opportunity presents itself.”

To encourage residents to take steps to prevent these crimes, Henrico Police is initiating the “Lock It or Lose It” campaign on its social media platforms, and

Residents can further protect their vehicles and possessions by placing items out of sight, parking in well-lit areas, reporting suspicious subjects and leaving no vehicle running and unattended. Residents are also reminded not to store identification cards or papers in their vehicle, which if stolen, could be used to steal their identity.

For more information, contact the Henrico Police Community Policing Unit at (804) 501-4838.

July 10, 2018

CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Clerk, Henrico County Board of Supervisors
PHONE: (804) 501-4318

Henrico board appoints Hinson as interim supervisor for Brookland

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors tonight voted to appoint Harvey L. Hinson, a retired deputy county manager for Henrico, to serve as interim supervisor for the Brookland District, following the June 30 resignation of Courtney D. Lynch.

Hinson will serve until Brookland voters elect a supervisor to serve the remainder of a four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2019. The Board of Supervisors also voted tonight to request that a special election for the Brookland supervisor seat be included on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Hinson served as Henrico’s deputy county manager for community development from 1992 until his retirement in 2007. He previously served as interim supervisor for Brookland from February to November 2017 — the period between the death of longtime representative Richard W. Glover and Lynch’s election in a special election.

Hinson began his career in Henrico in 1961 as a part-time engineer’s aide and later served as the assistant director of the Department of Planning. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has represented Henrico on the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2014 and the Capital Region Airport Commission since January.

Hinson and his wife, Brenda, have six adult children. He is a U.S. Army veteran, a charter member of the Henrico North Rotary Club and a 2001 inductee in the Central Virginia American Softball Association Hall of Fame. He also is a wildlife and landscape painter and a supporter of Needle’s Eye Ministries Inc.

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