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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Chesterfield Names New Director of General Services

General Services Director John Neal

Department of General Services

Feb. 16, 2022

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — After nearly a decade with Henrico County, the past eight years as director of its Department of General Services, John H. Neal Jr. has been hired in the same role by Chesterfield County.

Neal officially begins his new position as Chesterfield’s General Services director on Monday, Feb. 21. He will be introduced during the Feb. 23 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Neal succeeds Clay Bowles, who was appointed deputy county administrator for community operations in December.

“We’re very excited to have John join the team,” Bowles said. “John has a strong commitment to public service and brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the wide array of functions managed by the Department of General Services. His dedication to customer service and collaboration will be of great benefit to the citizens of Chesterfield County.”

The Department of General Services maintains and repairs county government facilities and manages new construction, renovations and major facility maintenance projects. It also maintains the county’s vehicle fleet, emergency communications system and security systems at all county buildings. The department oversees environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts, operates the Richmond Executive-Chesterfield County Airport and the county’s two citizen waste drop-off facilities.

Neal, a 1989 Virginia Tech graduate, spent nearly 15 years in various managerial positions with the Virginia Department of Transportation before a brief stint in the private sector.

He was hired as capital projects manager for the city of Richmond in 2007, then accepted a position as Henrico County’s assistant director of General Services in 2012. He was promoted to director 16 months later. 

“I am honored and excited to have been selected as Chesterfield’s director of General Services,” Neal said. “I look forward to working with the employees and citizens of Chesterfield County to continue providing outstanding service and support.”

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