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City of Charlottesville releases cost estimate for public safety work during August 10-13, 2018

Post Date:09/27/2018 3:30 PM
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Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications


September 27, 2018


City of Charlottesville releases cost estimate for public safety work during August 10-13, 2018

City expresses appreciation to more than 60 partner organizations

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville incurred expenses in personnel, materials, and mutual aid totaling $921,334 during August 10-13, 2018 as part of the public safety work for the first anniversary of the tragic events of 2017.

The City of Charlottesville received significant support from the Virginia State Police, Albemarle County, the University of Virginia, and the regional Emergency Communications Center beginning in February 2018 and through the August weekend. The cost estimate only includes the City's direct costs during August 10-13, 2018.

Summary of Expenses

Personnel: $611,172
Materials, supplies, contractual services: $188,101
Mutual aid reimbursements to other local governments: $122,061

TOTAL: $921,334

A detailed breakout of this cost estimate is available for download.

Personnel costs

More than 375 employees of the City of Charlottesville were involved in the public safety operations.

The personnel cost estimate includes overtime and emergency pay (2.5 times standard pay) and associated FICA for personnel working during August 10-13. It does not include exempt salaried personnel or personnel who would normally expect to be working during the weekend. It also does not  include any personnel costs related to the planning phase during February-August 2018.

Comparison to 2017

The city spent approximately $600,000 more in 2018 than in 2017 in part because the single Incident Action Plan for this year anticipated a full weekend of activities.

Public Assistance from the Commonwealth

On September 7, 2018, the City filed a "Notice of Interest in Applying for Commonwealth Emergency Relief" with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. This action is required within 30 days of a qualifying event if a community believes it will incur significant costs beyond the threshold set by the Commonwealth.

The City is currently evaluating whether to submit a full Public Assistance application to the Commonwealth for costs incurred during August 10-13, 2018.



The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia received significant support and assistance from numerous state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses during the planning and operational periods for August 10-12, 2018.

The City greatly appreciates the contributions of these partners.

Major partners included:

  • City of Charlottesville (various departments and agencies)
  • Virginia State Police
  • Albemarle County (various departments and agencies)
  • University of Virginia (various departments and divisions)
  • Charlottesville, UVA, Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center
  • Office of the Governor of Virginia
  • Office of the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team
  • National Capital Region Incident Management Team
  • Hampton Roads Incident Management Team
  • Southwest Virginia Incident Management Team
  • Virginia Communications Cache
  • Virginia National Guard
  • Virginia Department of Health
  • Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services
  • Virginia Department of Corrections
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Department of Fire Programs
  • Piedmont Family YMCA
  • Charlottesville City Schools
  • Jefferson Madison Regional Library
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • University of Virginia Health System
  • Thomas Jefferson Health District
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Community Emergency Response Team
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad
  • Charlottesville Area Transit
  • Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail
  • Albemarle County Schools
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Airport
  • RMC Events
  • HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response
  • Numerous Nongovernmental Organizations including the Red Cross and the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition


Other local government law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and rescue squads from localities throughout Virginia provided support through Statewide Mutual Aid agreements:

  • Augusta County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chesterfield County
  • City of Salem
  • City of Staunton
  • George Mason University Police Department
  • Goochland County
  • Henrico County Division of Fire
  • Henrico County Police Division
  • Manassas City Police Department
  • Richmond City Fire/EMS
  • Richmond City Police Department
  • Roanoke City Fire/EMS
  • Roanoke City Police Department
  • Roanoke County Police Department
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • Sterling Rescue
  • VCU Police Department
  • Virginia Tech Police Department
  • VMI Police Department


Logistical support was provided by numerous private and public sector entities including equipment, technology, and personnel from:

  • Albemarle County Service Authority
  • Cisco Systems
  • Discount Medical Supply
  • Esri
  • FirstNet
  • Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority
  • Sytech Corporation
  • Ting
  • Uline
  • Verizon Wireless


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