From Richmond Magazine:
J.R. Pope, director of Richmond’s parks, recreation and community facilities department, has resigned, confirms City Auditor Umesh Dalal, whose office today issued an inspector general’s report finding that two employees under Pope had improperly billed the city for overtime while building what may be the most expensive desk the city has ever purchased. A receptionist at the parks department confirmed Pope’s resignation during a call for comment from Pope.
J.R. Pope is one of the best things to happen to Richmond in a long time. I have met him on many occasions, done many stories about his work and have admired his work for years. The work of his department to improve Richmond parks and again get citizens involved in their community gathering places is worthy of praise. The cooperation in recent years between the city and groups working to build better parks was largely due to J.R. Pope’s good work. If Pope really leaves Richmond, we’ll have a tough time replacing him. Let’s not lose the momentum the Parks and Recreation Department has built up — continue to support your Richmond parks and create a better city. Great scoop by Chris Dovi and Richmond Magazine. [Comment from Phil Riggan, James River News Hub]