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Charlottesville City Manager Tarron Richardson started his job on May 13. Prior to his hire, Richardson had been the city manager of DeSoto, Texas, since 2011 after two years as an assistant city manager. He graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1999 and received his master’s in education from Temple University in 2001. Richardson received a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. He started as a project manager for the city of Richmond in 2002 and was assistant to the city’s chief administrative officer from 2004 to 2005. Richardson was assistant city manager and acting city manager in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, from 2005 to 2006 before returning to Richmond as deputy director of the city’s Department of Public Utilities for three years.
Why did you decide to take the city manager job this year ?
It was a phenomenal opportunity for me to work in collaboration with both residents and business owners who genuinely care about the well-being of their community.
What are some of the main issues you see affecting the city ?
Affordable housing, race, equity and transportation
What strengths do you see in this community ?
The residents, City employees and our business owners! They all have an infinite amount of pride in making Charlottesville a great place to live, work and play.
How do you plan to examine and make changes to the city government ?
Over the past couple of months, I have spent a substantial amount of time meeting with residents, staff members, business owners and other entities that our city works in collaboration with on a daily basis. These engaging conversations provided me with the necessary insight into the quality of our public services, as well as the daily performance of every city department and its leadership. This led to the recent changes in our previous organizational structure. My goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all our public services, which will ultimately reduce our annual expenditures.
What have you grown to enjoy about the area in your short time here ?
I am a foodie and the Downtown Mall provides me with a variety of choices. Most importantly, I can burn off the calories by walking back to City Hall after each meal.
  • jefferson-madison regional library system
    • central library

        201 E. Market St., Charlottesville Hours : Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m. September through May (434) 979-7151; jmrl.org/central

    • crozet library

        2020 Library Ave., Crozet Hours : Monday-Tuesday: 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed (434) 823-4050; jmrl.org/crozet

    • gordon avenue library

        1500 Gordon Ave., Charlottesville Hours : Monday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday: Noon to 9 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed (434) 296-5544; jmrl.org/gordon

    • greene county library

        222 Main St., Suite 101, Stanardsville Hours : Monday and Tuesday: noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed (434) 985-5227; jmrl.org/greene

    • louisa county library

        881 Davis Highway, Mineral Hours : Monday-Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: Closed (540) 894-5853; jmrl.org/louisa

    • nelson memorial library

        8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston Hours : Monday-Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: Closed (434) 263-5904; jmrl.org/nelson

    • northside library

        705 W. Rio Road, Charlottesville Hours : Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed (434) 973-7893; jmrl.org/northside

    • scottsville library

        330 Bird St., Scottsville Hours : Monday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday: 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed (434) 286-3541; jmrl.org/scottsville

    buckingham county library
    fluvanna county public library
    madison county library
  • orange county public library
    • main branch

        146A Madison Road, Orange Hours : Monday-Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed (540) 672-3811; ocplva.org

    • gordonsville branch

        319 N. Main St., Gordonsville Hours : Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday: Closed (540) 832-0712; ocplva.org

    • wilderness branch

        6421 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove Hours : Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday: Closed (540) 854-5310; ocplva.org

  • university of virginia
    • alderman library

        Alderman Library, the main university library, opened in 1938 after the Rotunda had become too small to serve as the library for the growing university. Alderman houses materials on the humanities, social sciences and government. Alderman is a federal depository library, which means that government information in different formats is available. A Greenberry’s Coffee is just inside the front door and a plethora of seating provides ambiance.

    • clemons library

        Clemons Library houses collections for undergraduate studies, the Commerce School and a 24-hour study space with media-related materials and services. The library includes a large DVD collection, as well as books on film, television, drama and dance. The library includes the Robertson Media Center, providing the technology and support for media creation in 3-D motion capture, animation, podcasting, film editing and more.

    • the albert and shirly small special collections library

        The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library is a premier research facility that houses more than 16 million objects, including rare books and original manuscripts. It’s the place to go to see a Babylonian clay tablet (2,350 B.C.), an illuminated manuscript created before the age of print or a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible. The collection is particularly strong in American and British literature, early American history, the history of Virginia and the book arts. There, you can pore over Stephen Crane’s “Red Badge of Courage” written in his own hand, William Faulkner’s “Sound and the Fury” and an original letter by George Washington, among other treasures. The library also houses the archives of the university, historic maps (such as early maps of the New World and Virginia), broadsides and photographs (and predecessors, such as daguerreotypes and tin types).

    • the music library

        The Music Library, the only library in the Lawn area, has one of the most significant music collections in the Southeast and includes more than 135,000 books, scores and sound recordings, as well as extensive online collections.

    • the fiske kimball fine arts library

        The Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library near Rugby Road houses books and journals related to architecture, art, archaeology, landscape and urban and environmental planning.

    • the camp family library

        The Camp Family Library at the Darden School of Business and the Arthur J. Morris Law Library serve faculty and students in those fields, but also are accessible to the public

    • the claude moore health sciences library

        The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library serves the medical fields and is open to the public, as well. Both the law and health sciences libraries contain historical collections.

    medical care
    • uva health system
      • The largest healthcare provider in Central Virginia offers comprehensive care and access to cutting-edge research. Patients seeking the latest breakthroughs in medicine can enroll in clinical trials or seek treatment from one of the system’s worldrenowned specialists.
    • sentara martha jefferson hospital
      • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is a 176-bed, state-of-the-art facility located at 500 Martha Jefferson Drive on Pantops Mountain in Albemarle County. The hospital joined Sentara Healthcare in 2011 and is one of about a dozen community hospitals in the not-for-profit system.
    • charlottesville free clinic
      • A volunteer-based clinic for low-income adults and their families who have inadequate access to health care elsewhere in the community, the clinic provides free medical care, prescription medications, lab tests, radiology services, mental health support and dental services.
health agencies
  • alzheimer's association central and western virginia chapter
    • 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306. Provides free information about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, referrals to local services, education and support groups, as well as opportunities to advocate, volunteer and participate in events. (434) 973-6122; (800) 272-3900; alz. org/cwva.
  • arc of the piedmont
    • The Arc of the Piedmont is a nonprofit membership organization that has been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson since 1954. The mission of the Arc is to ensure full community inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through providing services, education and advocacy. 509 Park St., Charlottesville, VA 22902; (434) 977-4002; thearcofthepiedmont. org.
  • blue ridge abortion addistance fund
    • Nonprofit provides financial assistance for women seeking abortions. (434) 963-0669; blueridgeaaf.com
  • community childrens dental center
    • Provides full-service dental care to children through adults age 20 who are covered by Medicaid or FAMIS, and offers pay-asyou- go service for children without dental insurance. 259 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 101. (434) 293-9300; cadakids.org.
  • hospice of the piedmont
    • Provides care for terminally ill patients and their families. Located at 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, hospice offers compassionate, comprehensive in-home care and pain management with programs including the Center for Children, Center for Grief & Healing and the HOP Education Institute. Hospice of the Piedmont has two locations for care: the Hospice House, at 501 Park St., and the Center for Acute Hospice Care, located on the third floor of University of Virginia Transitional Care Hospital in the Northridge Medical Park. These facilities are for patients whose end-of-life care needs are too great to be met at home. (434) 817-6900; hopva.org.
  • innisfree village
    • A therapeutic residential community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Residents and their volunteer caregivers live together on a 550-acre farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Residents work with volunteers at various stations, including a bakery, community kitchen, gardens and a woodshop. 5505 Walnut Level Road, Crozet. (434) 823- 5400; innisfreevillage.org.
  • jefferson area board for aging
    • JABA helps older adults, their families and caregivers face the challenges of aging. Services include adult day care, health insurance counseling, homedelivered meals, independent living retirement communities and a long-term care ombudsman. JABA serves Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. 674 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 9. (434) 817-5222; jabacares.org.
  • on our own of charlottesville
    • Nonprofit, peer-run mental health, addiction and trauma service center at 123 Fourth St. NW. The agency offers mutual support, advocacy, education, information and referral services. (434) 979-2440; onourowncville.org.
  • orange county free clinic
    • 101- C Woodmark St., Orange. Provides primary medical care and prescription assistance to uninsured residents of the county. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (with clinic hours between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. by appointment) and on a walk-in basis from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. (540) 672-0793; orangecountyfreeclinic.org.
  • piedmont regional dental clinic
    • 13296 James Madison Highway, Orange. The clinic provides low-cost dental services to residents of Greene, Madison, Culpeper, Orange and surrounding counties who do not have dental insurance and who qualify financially (live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level), or who are covered by Medicaid. Services include cleanings, periodic exams, extractions, fillings and root canals. (540) 661- 0008; vaprdc.org.
  • planned parenthood health systems
    • (Charlottesville Health Center). 2964 Hydraulic Road. Provides reproductive health care and education. Services include gynecological exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, family planning and birth control, pregnancy testing, abortions, cancer screenings and immunizations. (434) 296-1000; plannedparenthood. org.
  • pregnancy centers of virginia
    • Provides pregnancy services to women, teens and families. Offices are at 320 W. Main St., Charlottesville, (434) 979-8888; 1416 Greenbrier Place, Charlottesville, (434) 220-3777; 323 N. Madison Road, Suite C, Orange, (540) 661-5111; and 420 Sunset Lane, Culpeper, (540) 727-0400. virginiapregnancy. org.
  • region ten community services board
    • Region Ten is part of a statewide network of about 40 community services boards that provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use disorder/abuse services to residents of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. Region Ten offers acupuncture, child and adult case management, adult rehabilitative residential services, adult developmental residential services, anger management groups, dialectic behavior therapy, dual recovery center, emergency services, hospital liaison services, individual and group therapy, intensive outpatient mental health and substance use or disorder services, jail-based services, adult developmental day services, psychiatric services, mental health skill-building services, public inebriate program, assertive community treatment, psycho-social rehabilitation, recovery support services, supported employment services, therapeutic day treatment, Wounded Warrior services, wellness recovery, children’s assessment and diagnostic services, child and adolescent prevention and outpatient services and infant and toddler and family-strengthening programs. Charlottesville-Albemarle, (434) 972- 1800; Crozet, (434) 823-9823; Fluvanna, (434) 589-8276; Greene, (434) 481-3890; Louisa, (540) 967-2880; Nelson, (434) 263-4889. regionten.org.
  • the center
    • Multi-purpose destination for adults 50 and older with everything people need to age actively. There are more than 100 programs available in fitness, recreation, lifelong learning, travel, volunteering and the arts. 491 Hillsdale Drive in Albemarle. (434) 974-7756; seniorcenterinc. org.
  • thomas jefferson health district
    • The regional branch of the Virginia Department of Health offers immunizations, WIC nutritional counseling and food vouchers, family planning, pregnancy testing, testing and treatment for STDs, child safety seats, community disease investigation, environmental health, vital records and community health education. Offices: Charlottesville-Albemarle, district headquarters office, 1138 Rose Hill Drive, (434) 972-6200; Fluvanna, U.S. 15, County Office Building, Palmyra, (434) 591-1960; Greene, 50 Stanard St., Stanardsville, (434) 985-2262; Louisa, Louisa Clinical Health Services, Louisa County Office Building, 1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa, (540) 967-3703; Louisa Environmental Health and Vital Records, Louisa County Office Building, 1 Woolfolk Ave., Louisa, (540) 967-3707; and Nelson, 4038 Thomas Nelson Highway, Arrington, (434) 263-8315. vdh.virginia. gov/thomas-jefferson.
  • roadways
    • Major highway projects through Charlottesville and Albemarle County were completed in recent years.
      VDOT’s website, virginiadot.org, provides information about road conditions, lane closures, travel and traffic throughout Virginia. Call (800) 367-ROAD for more information.
  • mass transit
    • Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)

        M-Saturday except Route 1 (M-F) Route 7 & Free Trolley: M-Sun One-Way: 75 cents Senior Discount: 355 cents CAT Reduced Far Card available for differently-abled at Downtown Transit Center 24-hr Pass $1.50 Reduced: 75 cents Multi-day Passes 3-day pass: $4.50 Reduced $2.25 7-day pass: $10.50 Reduced $5.25 30-day pass*: $20 Reduced $10 90-day pass*: $60 Reduced $30 Annual pass*: $240 Reduced $120 *Smartcard fee: $2 More Info Children ages 12 and younger ride free when accompanied by an adult. Children 13 to 17 years old can ride for free with a valid Youth Smart Card. University of Virginia and city employees are eligible to ride for free with a valid UVa or city-employee ID. Anyone with an ADA certification is eligible to ride for free by obtaining a CAT ID.

    • jaunt

        People outside the CAT service area + those who are mentally or physically unable to use other buses are eligible for JAUNT. JAUNT serves Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, and Buckingham counties. Operation: M-F & some weekends Rates depend on distance ridejaunt.org

    • rideshare

        Offers programs through the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission for Charlottesville, as well as Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. Commuters can register and get set up with carpools, vanpools or “schoolpools” — parents who alternate taking a group of children to school. (434) 295- 6165 or (888) 974-5500; rideshareinfo.org.

    • university transit service

        UVa’s bus service has several lines that serve the university and nearby areas. (434) 924-7711; virginia.edu/parking/uts.

  • house of representatives
    • denver riggleman, r-15th

        Riggleman, an Air Force veteran and local business owner, won the seat in 2018 after defeating Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn. The 5th District encompasses much of Central Virginia and stretches down to the North Carolina border. In Central Virginia, the district includes Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison and Nelson.

      • contact
          Albemarle County office, (434) 973-9631, 686 Berkmar Circle, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Legislative inquires can be mailed to Riggleman’s Washington office at 1022 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, call (202) 225-4711 or email lexi. klein@mail.house.gov.
    • abigail spanberger, d-7th

        Spanberger, a former federal law enforcement agent and former CIA operations officer, won the seat by defeating incumbent Dave Brat (R). The 7th District stretches from the Richmond suburbs to include Louisa and Orange counties. Spanberger was the first Democrat elected to the seat in almost 50 years.

      • contact
          Spotsylvania office, (540) 321-6130, 9104 Courthouse Road, room 249, Spotsylvania, VA 22553. Richmond office, (804) 401-4110, 4201 Dominion Blvd., Suite 110, Glen Allen VA 23060. Legislative inquires may be mailed to Spanberger’s Washington office at 1239 Longworth HOB , Washington, DC 20515, call (202) 225- 2815 or email via spanberger.house.gov.
  • senate
    • mark r. warner (d)

        A former Virginia governor, Warner first was elected to the Senate in 2008. He serves as the vice chair of both the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

      • contact
          Richmond office, (804) 775- 2314; 919 E. Main St., Suite 630, Richmond, VA 23219. Legislative inquiries may be mailed to 703 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, or call (202) 224-2023 or email via warner. senate.gov.
    • tim kaine (d)

        Kaine first won election to the Senate in 2012 after serving as governor of Virginia. He served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 until 2011 and was Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate for the November 2016 election. For the upcoming November election, Kaine’s senate seat is challenged by GOP hopeful Corey Stewart.

      • contact
          Richmond office, (804) 771-2221, 919 E. Main St. Suite 970, Richmond, VA 23219. Legislative inquiries may be mailed to 231 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, call (202) 224-4024 or email via kaine.senate.gov

state government

  • house of delegates
    • richard p. "dickie" bell

        R-Staunton 20th District: Staunton, Waynesboro and the western half of Nelson County. (540) 448-3999; DelDB ell@house. virginia.gov.

    • rob bell

        R-Albemarle 58th District: Greene County, portions of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Rockingham counties. (434) 245-8900; DelRBell@ house.virginia.gov.

    • matt fariss

        R-Campbell 59th District: Buckingham, Appomattox and Campbell counties and parts of Nelson and Albemarle counties. 434) 821-5929; DelMFariss@house. virginia.gov.

    • john j. mcguire

        R-Henrico 56th District: Louisa County and parts of Goochland, Henrico and Spotsylvania counties. (804) 389-8601; DelJMcGuire@house.virginia.gov.

    • r. steven landes

        R-Weyers Cave 25th District: Crozet and Ivy areas of Albemarle County, portions of Augusta and Rockingham counties. (540) 255- 5335; DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov.

    • nick j. freitas

        R-Madison 30th District: Orange and Madison counties and a portion of Culpeper County. (540) 222-7706; DelNFreitas@ house.virginia.gov.

    • david j.toscano

        D-Charlottesville 57th District: Charlottesville and an urban portion of Albemarle County (434) 220-1660; DelDToscano@house. state.va.us.

    • r. lee ware jr.

        R-Powhatan 65th District: Powhatan and parts of Chesterfield, Goochland and Fluvanna counties. (804) 598-6696; DelLWare@ house.virginia.gov.

  • senate
    • r. creigh deeds

        D-Bath 25th District: Charlottesville, most of Albemarle County, all of Nelson County and territory across the Blue Ridge Mountains as far as Alleghany and Bath counties. (434) 296-5491; district25@ senate.virginia.gov.

    • mark j. peake

        R-Lynchburg 22nd District: Fluvanna and Buckingham counties and a portion of Louisa County. (434) 455-3382; district22@ senate.virginia.gov.

    • emmett w. hanger

        R-Mount Solon 24th District: Madison and Greene counties, Staunton and Waynesboro. (540) 885-6898; district24@senate. virginia.gov.

    • bryce reeves

        R-Spotsylvania 17th District: Orange County, most of Louisa County and a swath of Albemarle County northeast of Charlottesville. (540) 645-8440; district17@ senate.virginia.gov.

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