Traditionally, Stafford's sitting Chairman of the Board of Supervisor gives an update on the "State of the County" in December. This year's Chairman, Meg Bohmke, presided over one of the most complicated, difficult years on record. The Board of Supervisors and County staff worked together to manage the normal, day-to-day operations while spending the whole year in a state of emergency. Despite the challenges from the Coronavirus pandemic's impacts, Stafford continued to make strides in 2020 with project highlights that include starting work on road bond projects, beating previous records for Census participation, and successfully passing a budget that addresses COVID-19 shortfalls, opening a new cutting-edge fire station and much more.
"I have never been prouder of our work as a local government than this past year," said Chairman Meg Bohmke, Falmouth District. "Failure was not an option in our duty to serve the residents of Stafford. Our staff, supervisors and volunteers came together with an incredible dedication to the County and accomplished several goals."
Chairman Bohmke recorded a video earlier that recounts the highlights of the year in the County. Highlights include:
- Work beginning on roadway segments along Andrew Chapel Road, Decatur Road and Ramoth Church Road to widen and repave
- Major projects such as the Ferry Farm intersection, the Courthouse/I-95 interchange and Courthouse Road were worked on by the Virginia Department of Transportation – projects long lobbied for by supervisors
- Stafford created its first official diversity coalition.
- The Board authorized a salary step plan designed to recruit and retain public safety personnel.
Other achievements include actions related to COVID-19. The County pivoted the way it conducted business during the quarantine, converting most services to online and outfitting employees to telework. This decision allowed the County to continue providing uninterrupted services. Officials worked closely with state and federal officials to keep the public informed on critical health-related updates and new executive orders while keeping employees safe.
Please view Chairman Bohmke's "State of the County" address below: