HJ155: Commending Ron Rordam.


HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 155
Commending Joshua Drury.

 

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 15, 2016
Agreed to by the Senate, January 21, 2016

 

WHEREAS, Joshua Drury, a master officer in the James City County Police Department who is a member of the SWAT team and an outstanding role model and mentor to new officers, was named Officer of the Year for 2015; and

WHEREAS, as he was growing up in Newport News, Joshua “Josh” Drury, made a conscious choice to live the type of life where he could do good and help others; and

WHEREAS, after graduating from Warwick High School and Saint Leo University, Josh Drury entered law enforcement; he was a member of the police force at Thomas Nelson Community College for one year before joining the James City County Police Department; and

WHEREAS, Josh Drury was honored by the James City County Police Department for the exceptional service he provides and the example he sets for fellow law enforcement professionals; he is an active member of the SWAT team, firearms instructor, and field training officer; and

WHEREAS, one of Josh Drury’s recent accomplishments was to meticulously research and assemble information the James City County Police Department needed to make an informed decision about new handgun purchases; he also has been involved in many areas of SWAT team operations; and

WHEREAS, Josh Drury, who is a member of the Patrol Officer Advisory Committee, continues to maintain a high degree of effectiveness when he is on patrol; he has a strong work ethic, pays close attention to detail, and has earned great respect from his peers; and

WHEREAS, demonstrating a strong commitment to his community, Josh Drury often helps those who are less fortunate; when a local church donated 14 Thanksgiving dinners, he drove into the community to distribute the food to those who needed a nourishing meal; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend Joshua Drury, a master officer in the James City County Police Department, for being named Officer of the Year for 2015; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Joshua Drury as an expression of the General Assembly’s congratulations and admiration for his outstanding work to protect and serve the people and businesses of James City County.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 155

Offered January 23, 2018
Commending Ron Rordam.
Patron-- Hurst

WHEREAS, Ron Rordam, a loyal public servant and a passionate community advocate, retired as the mayor of the Town of Blacksburg in December 2017 after more than a decade of leadership; and

WHEREAS, a native of New Orleans, Ron Rordam gained an interest in civic life at a young age and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans, where he studied history; he came to the Commonwealth in the 1970s to earn a master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and

WHEREAS, after completing his education, Ron Rordam pursued a career in insurance in Salem, then returned to Blacksburg in 1984 and ran his own health insurance firm in the area for many years; and

WHEREAS, Ron Rordam joined the Blacksburg Planning Commission in 1992, then ran for and was elected to the Blacksburg Town Council in 1996; and

WHEREAS, desirous to be of further service to his fellow Blacksburg residents, Ron Rordam ran for mayor and took office in 2006; he ably led the town through great periods of growth and change, while striving to maintain its unique rural charm; and

WHEREAS, Ron Rordam supported the creation of the Moss Arts Center, helped make North Main Street more pedestrian friendly, and oversaw the revitalization of College Avenue, the center of cultural life in Blacksburg, which is home to shops, restaurants, and the historic Lyric Theatre; and

WHEREAS, an organized and hardworking leader, Ron Rordam helped ensure that the Town Council ran efficiently and effectively, and he was a trusted mentor and friend to many people in town government and throughout the region; and

WHEREAS, Ron Rordam cultivated strong personal relationships with the leadership of Virginia Tech and Montgomery County, ensuring open communication and focused collaboration toward shared goals; and

WHEREAS, Ron Rordam served Blacksburg with the utmost integrity and dedication, leaving to his successors a legacy of good governance and careful planning; in his well-earned retirement, he plans to spend more time with his family and seek new opportunities to continue to serve the community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend Ron Rordam on the occasion of his retirement as mayor of the Town of Blacksburg; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Ron Rordam as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for his years of exceptional service to the residents of the Town of Blacksburg and the Commonwealth.