The first Chesterfield Board of Supervisors meeting of the year tends to be one of the most interesting. There is always conjecture about who will be the new chairman and vice chairman. There is also a sort of suspense about who, out of a number of applicants for a plethora of committees, will be appointed.
The Jan. 11 meeting began with County Administrator James L. “Jay” Stegmaier handling the gavel. He proceeded over the election of the chairman. This year’s center seat went to Dan Gecker of the Midlothian District. The vote was four to one. The one abstention was offered by Dale Supervisor Jim Holland who was passed over last year in favor of board veteran Art Warren.
The gavel was handed down the dais carried by several board members before Gecker took charge of it, and the board. He welcomed new Matoaca Supervisor Steve Elswick and mentioned that there were no introductions needed for the rest of the board “because we’ve all been together before.”
We had a very good year last year,” Gecker said. “And I’m looking forward to a good year this year.”
He then called for nominations and a vote for vice chairman. Gecker nominated Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle and on a unanimous vote she was second in charge.
Gecker made quick work of committee nominations and appointments. Two new planning commissioners were appointed. One for the Matoaca District since Elswick is new to the board and a replacement for the Bermuda District. Edgar Wallin and Dale Patton respectively.