For the first time since an accusatory story claiming Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) used county resources for political gain appeared on the front page of the Washington Post, county officials have confirmed they were aware of the allegations.
“When the board’s leadership team was made aware of these allegations against Supervisor Delgaudio, we asked that the complaint filed against Mr. Delgaudio be given to the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman for review,” reads a statement from the county’s public information office released Tuesday. “Mr. Plowman then referred the matter to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in Arlington for an independent assessment. Based on the information provided at that time, the Arlington Commonwealth Attorney did not recommend pursuing any charges against Mr. Delgaudio.”
The Post story, published Sept. 25, claimed that several former Delgaudio aides suspected they were tasked with inappropriate political duties while serving as an aide to the controversial supervisor.
County policy dictates that political activity mustn’t occur using county property or during county paid time.
Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) is expected Wednesday during a regular business meeting to request a board vote on whether to conduct an independent investigation into allegations allegations of misconduct. Further, York will ask that the board have the Finance, Government Services & Operations Committee do a thorough review of all board aide policies.
The story also alleged that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looking into Delgaudio for this issue. The county statement, however, notes that the county administrator and the county attorney have not been contacted by the FBI.
“Regardless of any ongoing investigation by an outside party, it is imperative that this board investigate this matter to ensure the integrity of the Board of Supervisors, and take action if a member of the board has violated those standards,” the statement reads.
Delgaudio has made headlines often this year, largely on behalf of his duties as president of Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative nonprofit organization. Public Advocate has been designated as an anti-gay “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. On Sept. 26, a same-sex couple whose picture was used in an anti-gay political mailer sent out by Public Advocate filed a federal lawsuit against Delgaudio’s organization.
Delgaudio did not immediately return calls for comment.
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