Debra Gardner

Debra has lived in Chesterfield County for almost thirty years. She has over thirty plus years of public service, providing leadership in the areas of human services, public safety, and criminal justice services. Her passion for helping people led her to her initial career as a social worker and counselor and later to senior executive service. Debra has career-long success in government agency administration serving at the helm or the chief deputy level of three state agencies, including the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Debra holds a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work from North Carolina Central University. She served as an adjunct Professor teaching graduate courses in Executive Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. Debra has spent her life devoted to changing lives and making a difference. She will bring her passion for service, proven experience, leadership skills and strong work ethic to serving the citizens of Chesterfield County. She lives with her daughter in North Chesterfield.