The 434 Newsletter 

Keeping You Informed
Highlighting August 2020

The Rundown

Brief Updates
  • Douglas Stanley, who slated to be Lynchburg's next City Manager, withdrew is application/resigned from the post.
  • The Lynchburg Republican Headquarters, located in the Candlers Mountain Shopping Center by Staples, is opening soon. Be sure to go get your Ben Cline, Daniel Gade, and Donald Trump yard signs.
  • Moving into September and beyond, City Council will again meet twice per month, on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays.
  • In our August meeting, amended the FY 2021 City/Federal/State Aid Fund Budget and appropriated $59,586 with resources of $29,793 from the VA Office of Emergency Medical Services - Rescue Squad Assistance Fund and $29,793 from the FY 2021 General Fund Fire Dept. budget to purchase 4 Lucas 3 chest compression devices. This device is a critical piece of equipment for cardiac arrest situations.
  • Council also amended the FY 2021 City/Federal/State Aid Fund budget and appropriate $360,431 with resources of $250,000 from the 2020 US Dept. of Justice, Office of Community Orientated Policing Services Hiring Program, and the 30.6389% required local cash match of $110,431, which allows our Department to field additional police officers. 

Re-Starting the Search for a City Manager

     As many of you know, Douglas Stanley, who was slated to be our next City Manager, withdrew his desire to serve our City and resigned before assuming that post on September 1st. As I have stated before, this is an unfortunate situation for all parties involved. For now, our current Deputy City Manager will assume the duties of the City Manager until Council appoints an official interim. 

     So, Council must restart the search for the City's Chief Executive. This will be no easy task. Some may ask, "what will you be looking for?" 

     It is my hope Lynchburg can attain the consummate professional, an experienced leader who is the direction of City Council and implement creative solutions to our City's needs. There is a small part of me that hopes we can find someone who has some private sector executive experience, not just a career government employee. I will say, it won't be an easy search. But I believe the right person for Lynchburg is out there and we, as Council and a community, can win them over.

On August 24th, I picked a pretty wet night to join the brave men and women of the Lynchburg Fire Department for a ride along out of Station 6. This video is a call that we, along with a few other stations,  responded to a call out in Wyndhurst for a potential structure fire. Heavy rain, downed power lines and trees made it a very intense drive and situation. Needless to say, I was absolutely soaked.

Thankfully, there was no flame and it seemed to be an electrical issue.

Still, these individuals, amid COVID-19, are out in our community every day protecting our way of life and our loved ones.  

Thank you, all, for what you do every single day in our City. It was an honor to join you that evening. I look forward to doing so again in the future.
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Field of Honor

On the 30th, I, along with other members of Council, attended the opening ceremony for Field of Honor, located off of Old Graves Mill Road. If you have never stopped by this beautiful scene, I encourage you to. Here, our community honor's members of law enforcement, the military, or even now due to COVID-19 medical workers. Take a moment and stop by.

Let's Invest in our Police Department

Laying the Foundation for our Future Police Force

     Now is the time to invest in our Police Department.

     On August 11th, Chief Zieudema of the Lynchburg Police Department, made the compelling case for additional officers to serve our community.

     My questions in the video below highlight some of my take-aways from the Community Listening Sessions as well as the findings in the report. The Chief essentially stated the two concerns I addressed in my line of questioning, which were derived from these sessions, can be linked to not enough officers serving our City.

     Unlike other localities across our nation, I believe the extremely detailed 240 page report only sets the foundation and builds the case for investing more into the LPD. I stand ready to advocate for additional officers and professional staff, empowering them with the resources they need to be successful on the job.

View my discussion with our Chief of Police on investing in our Police Department.

Community Spotlight

Another Ribbon Cutting! 

On the 28th, I attended a grand opening for Three Roads Brewing Company off of Court Street. They just expanded to Lynchburg from their Farmville location. This event was a great combination of City leaders, local business, and community partners. 

Chris in the News

     Thank you for the opportunity to serve you on Lynchburg City Council as the representative from Ward IV.


Chris Faraldi, M.A.
Ward IV Representative
Lynchburg City Council
(434) 207-2826
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