Loudoun County Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) was unanimously elected and began serving Wednesday night as vice chair of the Board of Supervisors.
As the board’s second-in-command, Williams will lead official meetings in the absence of Chairman Scott York (R-At Large), a scenario that occurred several times in 2012 while York was overseas on business or taking vacation. Williams succeeds Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), who in December announced she wouldn’t seek another term as the board’s vice chair.
During Wednesday night’s meeting, Williams thanked his colleagues for their support and said his objectives as vice chair will be to continue the board’s progress on transportation solutions, economic development and lower taxes.
A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore who now lives in Broadlands, Williams serves as federal counsel for Sprint in his professional work. He’s a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the National Contract Management Association and the Association for Corporate Counsel.
In 2012, his first year on the board, Williams voted in favor of extending Metrorail into Loudoun County and led the effort to create special tax districts around the forthcoming Metro stations, drawn specifically to exclude existing residential properties.
Williams was also outspoken in his opposition to the placement of religious holiday displays on the county’s courthouse grounds, an issue on which he split from his fellow Republican supervisors.
In other organizational shifts Wednesday, controversial Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) will not serve on any standing committees in 2013, something sure to please his critics. Many of those opponents have called for Delgaudio to be removed from committees while an investigation revolving around alleged inappropriate political fundraising is ongoing.
Delgaudio previously served on the board’s Finance and Government Services and Transportation and Land Use Committees.
Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) will remain chair of the Finance and Government Services Committee, while Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) will continue to lead the Transportation and Land Use Committee. Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) will stay the head of the Economic Development Committee.
The Board of Supervisors also voted officially to hold its regular business meetings at 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, a schedule already informally agreed upon. The board’s monthly public hearing will be held the second Wednesday of the month starting at 6 p.m.
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