Millard “Pete” Stith Jr., Chesterfield County’s deputy administrator for community development, will retire on April 1, County Administrator Jay Stegmaier recently announced.
Stith has held numerous management positions with the county since joining Chesterfield 26 years ago, according to a press release from the county. In February 1984, he began his service as executive assistant to the county administrator for intergovernmental affairs. After three years, he was named director of parks and recreation, where, among other achievements, he oversaw the acquisition of the Eppington Plantation and Henricus Historical Park.
In 1992, after a national search, he was promoted to deputy county administrator for community development, where he directs the county’s regulatory agencies, the release says. He is credited with launching the county’s “fast-track” review process for commercial development, instituting a Web site for developers’ projects and recruiting new businesses totaling millions of dollars in new investment in the county.
On Monday, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Jim Holland said Stith had brought a “tremendous amount” of experience and “a great deal of continuity to the board.” Stith was also a great help to Holland as a board member, he said.
“He’ll be sorely missed,” Holland said. He also commended Stith for being very conscientious in the face of budget cuts, and deciding to retire and “allow someone else not to be cut.”
“Pete and I worked closely as a team and his contributions to the organization and community deserve the highest accolades,” Stegmaier says in the release. “Although he will be sorely missed, I am pleased that Pete plans to continue his service and involvement in the county.”
Stith’s legacy includes the creation of the county’s Black History Month Program 20 years ago and fostering new partnerships between the county government and Virginia State University. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from VSU in 2006, the