Employee Excellence

The Employee Excellence webpage recognizes those county employees who ensure that resources and services are available for our residents, businesses and guests through innovative adaptations to processes, integrating new technologies and overall committed efforts and resiliency. Many of these stories are recognized by County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey at the monthly Board of Supervisors meetings for exemplifying everyday excellence in service to the county. 

  1. September Excellence: Emerging Senior Leaders 
  2. August Excellence: Drew Noxon
  3. July Excellence: Parks and Recreation
  4. June Excellence: Communications and Media
  5. May Excellence: Nate Mathis
  6. April Excellence: Deputy Kiara Marshall
  7. March Excellence: Police
  8. February Excellence: Jerry Giles
  9. January Excellence: Mental Health Support Services
  10. Excellence Archive

September 2022 Everyday Excellence: Emerging Senior Leaders Program
(Learning and Performance Center)

During the Wednesday, Sept. 21 Board of Supervisors meeting Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey recognized the Emerging Senior Leaders Program and the graduates of this year’s group for their continued efforts to learn and improve their leadership skills in service to Chesterfield.

The 12 members of the ESLP began the course in 2020 but paused due to COVID-19. The graduates of this class, which is the fourth cohort since Chesterfield began the program in 2011, included Kelly Booth (Citizen Information and Resources), Danika Briggs (Social Services), Stephanie Brown (Procurement), Matt Coffin (Fire and EMS), Nancy Crockett (Risk Management), Dan Dillion (Fire and EMS), Jasna Elswick (General Services), Margaret Howard (Chesterfield County Public Library), Michael Nannery (Utilities), Danielle Sayre (Mental Health Support Services), Natalie Spillman (Constituent Services) and Chessa Walker (Transportation).

“In total, we’ve graduated 64 leaders of which 41% of graduates have been promoted to higher levels of leadership,” said Kevin Bruny, director of the Learning and Performance Center. “Nine of the program’s graduates are currently sitting in department director positions.”

The Emerging Senior Leaders Program is a unique year-long learning experience for leaders who aspire to obtain an assistant director or director level position. This developmental opportunity is offered to leaders identified in the county’s talent stewardship program to further develop their leadership skills as well as broadly educate them on the inner workings of local government and expand their peer network.

The program begins with an application process that includes a 400-word essay on why they want to participate in the program along with expected outcomes. Eighteen to 20 applicants are selected and the vetting process includes conversations with individual department directors and deputy county administrators, with final approval by the county administrator.

Each cohort begins by completing the county’s core competency based 360° Assessment. Leaders meet with performance consultants to finalize a plan and identify learning opportunities to strengthen assessment results. Initially, each cohort is launched with an orientation session that includes participant supervisors and a half-day high ropes challenge course experience.

The group, which meets monthly, completes assignments throughout the year-long term with the majority of the curriculum being delivered by senior professionals from the Learning and Performance Center and members of the county’s leadership team.

“This cohort is a bit unique as they have traveled and persevered this journey the longest of any cohort – a full 33 months due to the pandemic and our shifting of learning during that time,” Bruny explained.

“We are absolutely delighted at your success, your hard-fought success, over this last almost three years,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Chris Winslow (Clover Hill). “People are always important, talent is always important […] I think we have all seen just how important it is. We are grateful to you for your commitment to Chesterfield County citizens and this program, and seeing it through to the finish line. Congratulations to all of you.”

For more information, view the Everyday Excellence presentation during the Sept. 21, 2022 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Emerging Senior Leaders Program 2022Members of the Emerging Senior Leaders Program (from left to right), back row: Matt Coffin (Fire and EMS), Dan Dillion (Fire and EMS), Stephanie Brown (Procurement), Michael Nannery (Utilities), Chessa Walker (Transportation) and Margaret Howard (Chesterfield County Public Library); front row: Natalie Spillman (Constituent Services), Danika Briggs (Social Services), Jasna Elswick (General Services), Danielle Sayre (Mental Health Support Services), Kelly Booth (Citizen Information and Resources) and Nancy Crockett (Risk Management).