Government

Government:

  • Pittsylvania County is governed by the 7-member Board of Supervisors, each of whom are elected for four-year terms and represent a certain district of the county. This board passes ordinances, determines policy, hires the county administrator, and approves the annual budget.
  • The County Administrator, who is appointed by the Board of Supervisors, oversees day-to-day operations and all county departments. 
  • In addition to the Board of Supervisors, there are five other elected officials: the Treasurer, Clerk of Court, Commissioner of the Revenue, Sheriff, and the Commonwealth's Attorney. Each of these serve four-year terms except for the Clerk of Court, who is elected for eight years at a time.
  • Pittsylvania County has three separate courts: Juvenile & Domestic, General District, and Circuit Court
  • A wide range of boards and commissions serve in different roles that range from providing recommendations to making decisions. Some of these board members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors while others are appointed by the local courts. Residents interested in serving on one of the boards can apply here
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Services:

  • Pittsylvania County Public Works maintains 21 convenience centers and 10 "greenbox" sites where residents can easily dispose of their household garbage. Some of these sites are open 24/7, while others are operated and open during the day. Pittsylvania County Public Works also operates the landfill and the water and sewer division, which provides service to several thousand County residences and businesses. 
  • Pittsylvania County oversees operations of the Pittsylvania Pet Center, a pet shelter that works to get homeless animals adopted or transferred to partner agencies. In 2020, more than 1900 animals came through the shelter doors. 
  • Pittsylvania County Public Safety coordinates emergency management and public safety services for the more than 61,000 citizens that live in Pittsylvania County, Virginia's largest locality. In 2020, Pittsylvania began staffing full-time paramedics and EMTs with an ambulance in Chatham, Mt. Hermon, and Hurt to provide emergency services around the clock. A quick response vehicle is also stationed in the 640 area 13 hours a day. 
  • In addition to the career public safety staff, Pittsylvania County residents and businesses are protected by more than 20 volunteer fire and ems agencies. These agencies are funded through a mix of county contributions and money fundraised and contributed by the community. 
  • The Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services provides a wide range of resources to citizens and families in need with a focus on collaborative engagement and prevention strategies. 

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  • During the 2022 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2021 through June 30 2022, Pittsylvania County operated with a general fund budget of over $71 million. The total budget, which includes $113 million for Pittsylvania County Schools, is approximately $211 million. 
  • The Board of Supervisors has worked hard to reduce outstanding debt in recent years. Since 2016, the County has paid off more than $46.1 million in outstanding debt, much of which was associated with bonds for the County's middle and high schools. 
  • Pittsylvania County has increased funding for volunteer fire and rescue agencies by 76% since the 2018 fiscal year. 
  • In the current, 2022 fiscal year, approximately 14% of total general fund expenditures are for debt payments, and another 14% is for general governance. Another 29% is for justice and public safety services, while another 28% is for education. 
  • After receiving over $10.5 million in CARES Act funds in 2020, Pittsylvania County has received an additional $11.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. These funds are being invested in internet expansion, water improvements, incentives for employees and volunteers, and to help our Fire and Rescue agencies.