Public Affairs Director will retire as of March 1

“Following a distinguished military career and after providing twenty years of dedicated service to the county, Don Kappel has given notice of his intent to retire as the Director of Public Affairs effective March 1, 2014,” wrote Chesterfield County Administrator J.L.“Jay” Stegmaier in an email.”   

Mr. Kappel established a Public Affairs Office, which has earned national recognition for excellence and has received numerous awards throughout the years from the National Association of County Information Officers.  

“[I] wanted to let you know now, since we have worked together for so many years,” Kappel wrote in an email.  “After 22 years in the Marines and 20 here, it’s time to spend more time with family. I also will be traveling, writing, sketching, kayaking…enjoying my other hobbies.”

According to Mr. Stegmaier, “A recent noteworthy accomplishment for the department under Don’s leadership was County Comments being named the ‘Best Employee/Internal Communication’ among non-profit organizations in America by PR Daily in its Non-Profit PR Awards.”

“The Department of Human Resource Management will conduct a national recruitment for a new Director of Public Affairs beginning January 2014,” Stegmaier wrote. “We feel confident that there will be a robust pool of qualified candidates interested in this rewarding opportunity with the county. Therefore, we are hopeful that an appointment of a new director will occur in Spring 2014.”

Stegmaier added, “Please join me in congratulating Don on his retirement and thanking him for his many years of devoted service to the county.”

Kappel lives in Chester and he says he and his wife intend to continue to live in Chester and wrote that he will probably put out a more in-depth explanation of his retirement in the future.

“We will be remaining in Chester, so I’ll still be around,” he wrote in his email.


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