CHESTERFIELD — After serving the citizens of Chesterfield County for nearly a half-century, Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Steve A. Elswick announced Friday... Elswick will not seek third term

CHESTERFIELD — After serving the citizens of Chesterfield County for nearly a half-century, Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Steve A. Elswick announced Friday that he will not seek a third term on the board.

Elswick began his service to Chesterfield County as a firefighter in 1973. For the last 6 1/2 years of his 31-year career, he served as chief of the fire department. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors from the Matoaca District in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. At the conclusion of his current term of office, Elswick will have served as chairman or vice chairman for five of his eight years.

“What means the most to me is the confidence citizens placed in me to represent and assist them,” Elswick said. “Whether it was responding to an emergency in the early morning hours or overseeing a public hearing late at night, residents knew they could count on me to show up and serve them.”

Elswick and his wife live with their two daughters, a high school student and a college student. He has a son who is a police detective in Colorado.
“Time stands still for no one,” Elswick said. “I could not have done what I have without my family’s support and sacrifice. The time has come for me to return the favor.”

Republican Kevin Carroll, who is a retired police sergeant and president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, has filed campaign paperwork to run for the position. The Village News is unaware of any other candidates at this time.

During his tenure, Elwick served on the Capital Region Airport Commission, Capital Region Collaborative, Crater Planning District Commission, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Tri-Cities Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority.