Within 10 minutes of its first meeting of 2014, the Board of Supervisors on Thursday appointed Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) to the Transportation and Land Use Committee.
Delgaudio was stripped of any committee power in July 2013 following a grand jury investigation
into whether he misused public assets. The grand jury did not bring forward an indictment, but issued a scathing report of Delgaudio's behavior in office.
In addition to the ban on committee assignments, Delgaudio was censured by his colleagues on the all-Republican board, and the Sterling district office funds were transferred to a corporate board account.
There were no time constraints connected to Delgaudio's committee prohibition, allowing him to serve in 2014.
The grand jury report highlighted testimony of a harsh working environment in Delgaudio's office, a lack of focus on constituent services and a likely, but not blatant, misuse of county resources.
Witnesses before the jury testified that Delgaudio directed his legislative aides “not to answer the phones or address constituent concerns and instead focus on other priorities.” The witnesses also reported incidents in the office involving “acts of verbal abuse that on multiple occasions brought his aides to tears” and led to their departures.
The board has historically voted on its vice chair and the makeup of its several committees during the first meeting of a new year.
Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) will remain the vice chairman, his colleagues determined Thursday.
Delgaudio will take the place of Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) on the Transportation and Land Use Committee, which is chaired by Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian). Rounding out the committee is Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) and Chairman Scott York (R-At Large).
The board's remaining committee assignments did not change. They are as follows:
-Joint Board of Supervisors and School Board Committee: Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), co-chairman; Reid; and Higgins
-Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee: Buona, chairman; Reid; York; Williams; and Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles)
-Economic Development Committee: Letourneau, chairman; Buona; York; Williams; and Clarke
This story has been updated from an earlier version.