Delgaudio dropping legal action against board colleagues
Delgaudio was pressing legal action against the Board of Supervisors for alleged lack of due process in the case and punishments stemming from allegations he misused public assets.
A special grand jury examining the allegations announced in June it would not indict Delgaudio. But the jury took the unusual step of issuing a report detailing its findings. The report found that Delgaudio likely misused public resources for personal and political gain, but there wasn't an applicable law in Virginia to bring charges against Delgaudio.
As a result of the grand jury report, the Board of Supervisors censured Delgaudio, prohibited him from serving on committees and placed severe restrictions – essentially removing – his Sterling district budget.
When word first broke of the supervisors' plans to reprimand Delgaudio, he initiated the legal action – the action he now plans to withdraw.
Delgaudio's announcement today can be seen as an olive branch from him to his colleagues on the all-Republican board, several of whom have been outspoken with their disappointment in Delgaudio's refusal to move on from the grand jury's findings.
But many other Loudoun County Republicans were outraged at the board's actions. On Monday, members of the Loudoun County Republican Committee passed a resolution 68-34 urging the Board of Supervisors to return funding to Delgaudio’s office and initiate a board committee to investigate the allegations against Delgaudio, allowing him the opportunity to defend himself against accusations he misused county funds and resources.
Delgaudio said today's statements were “baby steps” in restoring his full abilities as a supervisor.
“I made this decision after the Loudoun County Republican Committee adopted a resolution supporting me last Monday night and after consultation with Senator Dick Black,” Delgaudio said.
“In recent weeks it became clear the lawsuit was a distraction to doing the public's business and mobilizing the Republican Party,” he added. “I accept the board's censure and the loss of my committee assignments. I apologize to the public and the board for the embarrassment this incident has caused. There is a lot of fence mending I must do with my colleagues.”
Delgaudio said he plans to eventually ask the board to revisit its decision to remove his district's budget and staff aides. In the interim, the Sterling supervisor will be asking for specific funding requests in his district, including for materials to promote October's Sterlingfest.