James D. Worsley, Ph.D.

Deputy County Administrators
Title: Deputy County Administrator for Human Services
Phone: 804-748-1212
James Worsley

Professional Service and Responsibilities

James D. Worsley was appointed Deputy County Administrator for Human Services in October 2020. Prior to being appointed Deputy, he served as Director of Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation. As Deputy County Administrator, he oversees the operations of:

  • Community Corrections Services
  • Community Engagement and Resources
  • Drug Courts
  • Juvenile Detention Services
  • Mental Health Support Services
  • Social Services

He also serves as liaison for Lucy Corr, Courts and the Chesterfield Health District. Before coming to Chesterfield County in 2016, Worsley served as Director of Columbus, GA Department of Parks and Recreation. He holds a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation and a master's degree in management, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate in leadership from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Organization and Committee Membership

Worsley was a long-time member of the National Recreation and Park Association, having served in numerous capacities including regent for the supervisors' management school from November 2013 to November 2019. He was also inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Worsley currently serves on the following committees and commissions:

  • Capital Area Workforce Partnership
  • Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation (CCAF)
  • Community Criminal Justice Board
  • Homeward Board
  • Lucy Corr - Health Center Commission, Advisor
  • Senior Connections Board
  • Virginia Local Human Service Officials

Worsley and his wife, Tara, have three children.


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