In mid-August, Hanover County’s main financial offices will be moving into the Chenault-Weems Building in the government complex.
On August 15, the Treasurer’s Office and the Department of Internal Audit will open for business in the Chenault-Weems Building. This is the former Circuit Court building, which the Board of Supervisors renamed the Chenault-Weems Building on July 25. The Commissioner of Revenue’s Office is expected to open in the Chenault-Weems Building on August 21. The Department of Finance and Management Services is expected to open for business in the Chenault-Weems Building on August 24. The Treasurer’s Office and the Commissioner of Revenue’s office will be located on the first floor of the Chenault-Weems Building. The Department of Finance and Management Services will be located on the second floor of the new financial building, and the Department of Internal Audit will be located in the basement.
The Chenault-Weems Building was named in honor of two longtime Hanover County elected officials, the late George M. Weems and Lois B. Chenault. At the time of his death in 1985, Mr. Weems had served nearly 50 years as the County’s Treasurer. He was elected in 1935 and was re-elected 12 times.
Mrs. Chenault served seven terms as Commissioner of the Revenue and is the only woman to serve as a Constitutional Officer in Hanover County. She began her career in Hanover County government in 1967 and was appointed Commissioner of the Revenue in 1974. She won election six times before retiring in 1999.
Last year, all of the County’s Courts and Court-related offices moved into a new building located to the north of the Vaughan-Bradley Sheriff’s Office building. That freed both the old Circuit Court and old General District Court buildings to be repurposed for other County offices.
Bids for the renovation of the former General District Court building will be issued this fall with the plan to award the contract next spring. Several other County offices will be moved to that building when the renovation is complete.