Virginia mental health official to retire

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s chief deputy mental health commissioner plans to retire on Sept. 1.

John Pezzoli says his wife will retire this summer and they are looking forward to starting a new chapter. He says that includes traveling to visit the couple’s daughters.

The 68-year-old Pezzoli has been with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services since 2010. He was named acting commissioner of the department after James Stewart II retired in January. He served in that position until March when Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Debra Ferguson to replace Stewart.

Pezzoli announced his retirement Tuesday in an email addressed to friends and colleagues. The email was obtained by The Daily Progress (


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