ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A new office in Albemarle County is working to make sure everyone who lives in the area gets equitable service, but it may take some time to get a staff and a plan in place.

The county announced the Office of Equity and Inclusion’s creation on Wednesday, November 28.

A plan is now being put in place to combine other Albemarle County initiatives into goals for this office.

Partnerships with programs like Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) and Albemarle Housing Improvement (AHIP) have been part of other county initiatives.

This office is also supporting the development of the Yancey Community Center, along with setting up a long-term lease for JABA and Piedmont Virginia Community College to create an education transformation center.

According to Russell, the creation of this office means more work can be done to make Albemarle County more inclusive.

“We’ve had our hands out in the community really trying to forward this sort of work in broad ways,” Siri Russell, the director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, said. “This will be an opportunity for us to have a more focused and intentional effort, and part of the work of this office will also be in being able to identify gaps.”

Russell says a one-year goal for the office will be coming up with a strategic plan and goals to present to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

In the short term, the new office plans to focus on continuing to support the Yancey Community Center, as well as the work done with the Community Remembrance Project.