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Randy Hisle, Bryan Hill and the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department were honored as the recipients of the 2015 Chairman’s Awards at a recent James City County Board of Supervisors meeting.
The Chairman’s Awards are an annual recognition of county employees and volunteers for outstanding contributions and service to James City County and the community.
Hisle, who works as the chief video engineer in the County’s Communications Office, was recognized for “maintaining the County’s video facilities and equipment while providing reliable live broadcasts of public meetings for the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Chesapeake Bay and Wetlands Boards,” according to a recent James City County news release.
In the past year, the county’s video-on-demand numbers have surpassed 136,000, representing significant growth over last year and an overall trend of growth over the past several years.
“I was greatly honored and humbled by the experience [of receiving the award],” Hisle said. “I have videotaped 11 years worth of government meetings and watched in the background as many great folks received that award and never imagined that I would ever be a recipient.”
Also honored with Hisle was County Administrator Bryan Hill, who was recognized for his “commitment to ensuring that James City County is open, transparent and accessible,” according to the news release.
Hill identified five strategic initiatives – water, stormwater, schools, economic development and county appearance – that are crucial to the well-being of the county, all of which were addressed in this year’s budget.
Thanks to the focus on these initiatives and Hill’s leadership, James City County has earned multiple AAA bond ratings making it “one of just 44 elite counties in the nation” to do so, according to the release.
Finally, the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department (JCBVFD) was recognized for its nearly seven decades of continued service to the community.
Volunteers with JCBVFD respond to not only fires but other emergencies in upper James City County, including vehicle accidents, technical rescues, maritime emergencies, HAZMAT incidents and emergency medical events. In the last year, the volunteers logged more than 20,000 hours responding to emergencies and in training.
All of the awards were presented to their recipients at the Dec. 8 Board of Supervisors meeting by Chairman Michael Hipple.