Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney to investigate Petersburg’s failed water project


PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A judge in Petersburg ordered the Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to find out who is responsible for Petersburg’s $18 million debt.

Many residents are asking who is responsible for this bad money management.

“They need to find the person, or more than one, and prosecute them to the max because this does not make any sense. This town should not be under this kind of condition,” Petersburg resident Larry Smith said.

John Childrey, the Deputy Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney handling the case, said they were ordered to serve due to a conflict of interest. That order came by request of the Petersburg Commonwealth Attorney.

379f87dfef4d423aa225cda5403eb60aAnother resident, Van Payton, wants to know where the money went and for someone to be held responsible. “We have never been in this much debt before in the city’s history,” Payton said.

We’ve reached out to several council members for comment but they had none.

Petersburg residents have one simple question: “Where is the money?” Smith said.

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