Paying our respect to Richard "Dick" Glover, longtime Brookland Supervisor. ...
BREAKING: Henrico County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dick Glover has died, following a medical emergency earlier today, the Citizen has learned. He was 82.
Glover was the longest-serving current member of the board and just last month was named its chairman for the sixth time in his 29-year tenure. He was serving the second year of his eighth term as the board's representative from the Brookland District.
Glover's death is the second to affect the Board of Supervisors in the past several weeks. Dave Kaechele, a longtime member of the board from the Three Chopt District who retired at the end of 2015, died Jan. 20.
"He was one of those people I guess you expect to be around forever," Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson told the Citizen Thursday night. "He was probably one of the smartest guys I've ever met in my lifetime. He had an uncanny way of keeping track of facts and numbers.
"A huge part of the core of who we are, we lost today."
Glover was a pillar of strength in the community, County Manager John Vithoulkas told the Citizen.
"What he did for this county was immeasurable," Vithoulkas said, crediting Glover with understanding the significance of sports tourism before that term was in vogue. "He understood public service and what was possible."
"He is one of the key reasons why Henrico County is so well-run, because of the high level of expectation that he had for all of us."
State code mandates that the Board of Supervisors select an interim successor for Glover within 45 days. If a majority of the four remaining board members cannot agree on an appointee, the Henrico Circuit Court would select one. The appointee would serve until a special election could be called to fill the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019.
In a statement Friday morning, Vithoulkas encouraged county citizens to "do something good within our community. Do this from your heart – do it for Dick and Dave."
Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, Glover served on the county’s Planning Commission. He was a native of Victoria, Va.
A visitation for Glover will be held Feb. 6 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. His funeral will be held Feb. 7 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m., with internment to follow at Westhampton Memorial Park.