Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

Loudoun County, Virginia is divided into eight magisterial districts: Algonkian, Ashburn, Blue Ridge, Broad Run, Catoctin, Dulles, Leesburg, and Sterling. The magisterial districts each elect one supervisor to the Board of Supervisors which governs Loudoun County. There is also a Chair elected by the county at-large, bringing total Board membership to 9. A Vice-Chair is selected by the Board from amongst its membership. The current Chair is Phyllis J. Randall. The current Vice-Chair is Ralph Buona, the Ashburn District Supervisor. He was elected Vice Chair in March 2015.[1] Board members serve four-year terms.

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
Type
Type
Leadership
Chair
Phyllis J. Randall (D)
Vice Chair
Ralph M. Buona (R)
Structure
Seats9
Political groups
Republican Party, Democratic Party
Length of term
4 years
Elections
Next election
November 5, 2019
Website
Loudoun County Board

Responsibilities

The Board of Supervisors sets county policies, adopts ordinances, appropriates funds, approves land rezonings and special exceptions to the zoning ordinance, and carries out other responsibilities set forth by the State Code. The Board appoints a County Administrator, who manages county operations; the Planning Commission, which serves in an advisory capacity on land use issues; and various other boards and commissions. The Board also appoints the County Attorney. The Board of Supervisors acts within the limits set forth by the Virginia General Assembly.

Meeting Schedule

The Board of Supervisors meeting schedule is set forth is its Rules of Order.[2] Business meetings typically occur twice monthly, beginning on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. The Board holds one public hearing monthly, currently on the Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. that follows the first business meeting. The second business meeting occurs at 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday following the public hearing. The Board's standing committees[3] also usually meet monthly. The meetings are held at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. The Board's official meeting schedule is published in accordance with § 2.2-3707 of Virginia Freedom of Information Act[4] (FOIA) on the master calendar on the county's website.

Membership: Past and Present

Currently, Republicans hold six seats on the board. Democrats hold three seats. In 2015, Loudoun voters made history when they elected their first two African-American supervisors: Phyllis J. Randall (Chair-At-Large) and Koran T. Saines (Sterling). They also elected their youngest-ever supervisor, Ron A. Meyer, Jr. (Broad Run).

The current districts and their Supervisors are:

County Board of Supervisors (2016-2020) (Elected in 2015)
Position Name Party First Election District
  Chair Phyllis J. Randall Democratic 2015 At-Large
  Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe Republican 2011 Algonkian
  Supervisor Ralph M. Buona Republican 2011 Ashburn
  Supervisor Tony R. Buffington, Jr. Republican 2015 Blue Ridge
  Supervisor Ron A. Meyer, Jr. Republican 2015 Broad Run
  Supervisor Geary M. Higgins Republican 2011 Catoctin
  Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau Republican 2011 Dulles
  Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd Democratic 2015 Leesburg
  Supervisor Koran T. Saines Democratic 2015 Sterling

In November 2011, Republicans were elected to all nine seats on the Board.

County Board of Supervisors (2012-2016) (Elected in 2011)
Position Name Party First Election District
  Chair Scott K. York Republican 1999 At-Large
  Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe Republican 2011 Algonkian
  Supervisor Ralph M. Buona Republican 2011 Ashburn
  Supervisor Janet S. Clarke Republican 2011 Blue Ridge
  Supervisor Shawn M. Williams Republican 2011 Broad Run
  Supervisor Geary M. Higgins Republican 2011 Catoctin
  Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau Republican 2011 Dulles
  Supervisor Kenneth D. "Ken" Reid Republican 2011 Leesburg
  Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio Republican 1999 Sterling

In November 2007 voters removed four incumbent, fiscally conservative Republicans from the Board of Supervisors in a backlash over rapid development in the county's eastern portion. The Board's make-up after the election was five Democrats, two Republicans, and two Independents.

County Board of Supervisors (2008-2012) (Elected in 2007)
Position Name Party First Election District
  Chair Scott K. York Independent 1999 At-Large
  Supervisor Jim G. Burton Independent 1995 Blue Ridge
  Supervisor Lori L. Waters Republican 2003 Broad Run
  Supervisor Sarah R. "Sally" Kurtz Democratic Catoctin
  Supervisor Stevens R. Miller Democratic 2007 Dulles
  Supervisor C. Kelly Burk Democratic 2007 Leesburg
  Supervisor Andrea C. McGimsey Democratic 2007 Potomac
  Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio Republican 1999 Sterling
  Supervisor Susan Klimek Buckley Democratic 2007 Sugarland Run
County Board of Supervisors (2004-2008) (Elected in 2003)
Position Name Party First Election District
  Chair Scott K. York Republican 1999 At-Large
  Supervisor Jim G. Burton Independent 1995 Blue Ridge
  Supervisor Lori L. Waters Republican 2003 Broad Run
  Supervisor Sarah R. "Sally" Kurtz Democratic Catoctin
  Supervisor Stephen J. Snow Republican 2003 Dulles
  Supervisor Jim E. Clem Republican 2003 Leesburg
  Supervisor Bruce E. Tulloch Republican 2003 Potomac
  Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio Republican 1999 Sterling
  Supervisor D. M. "Mick" Staton Jr. Republican 2003 Sugarland Run
County Board of Supervisors (2000-2004) (Elected in 1999)
Position Name Party First Election District
  Chair Scott K. York Republican 1999 At-Large
  Supervisor Eleanore C. Towe Democratic Blue Ridge
  Supervisor Charles A. "Chuck" Harris Democratic Broad Run
  Supervisor Sarah R. "Sally" Kurtz Democratic Catoctin
  Supervisor J. Drew Hiatt Republican Dulles
  Supervisor Mark R. Herring Democratic Leesburg
  Supervisor James G. Burton Independent 1995 Mercer
  Supervisor Eugene A. Delgaudio Republican 1999 Sterling
  Supervisor William D. "Bill" Bogard Independent Sugarland Run
County Board of Supervisors (1988-1992) (Elected in 1987)
Position Name Party First Election District
  Chair Betty W. Tatum Democratic Guilford
  Supervisor Charles A. Bos Democratic Leesburg
  Supervisor James F. Brownell Republican Blue Ridge
  Supervisor Steve W. Stockman Independent Broad Run
  Supervisor Betsey J.S. Brown Democratic Catoctin
  Supervisor Ann B. Kavanagh Democratic Dulles
  Supervisor Thomas S. Dodson Democratic Mercer
  Supervisor H. Roger Zurn, Jr. Republican Sterling

Actions

As empowered by the Code of Virginia, the Board of Supervisors typically takes action within its purview during each of its business meetings, public hearings, and standing committee meetings. The Board has both administrative and legislative responsibilities, some of which are discharged in the role of the local governing body and some of which have derived from its function as an administrative subdivision of the state. The powers and duties of the Board of Supervisors include:

  • Adopting the county budget (establishing appropriations and setting the tax rates);
  • Approving and enforcing the county's comprehensive land use plan and related ordinances;
  • Making and enforcing ordinances for public safety, sanitation, health and other regulations permitted by state laws; and
  • Providing for the care and treatment of indigent and handicapped citizens.[5]

Over time, a Board of Supervisors may take thousands of individual actions in open session by motion and majority vote during its meetings. The official actions of the Loudoun County Board of Superiors are documented on the county's website, in the form of a copy teste,[6] a "true copy" of the county's official record of Board actions, produced, signed, and published by the clerk on the county's website.

On January 18, 2018 by a narrow majority Loudoun Supervisors voted to permit destruction of a critically imperiled (G1) habitat in Virginia, a northern piedmont mafic barren, with less than ten occurrences in the world.[7][8][9][10] Supervisors Suzanne Volpe, Koran Saines, Kristen Umstattd, Matthew Letourneau and Ron Meyer voted in favor of the controversial measure which would allow building the True North Data Center on top of the habitat and adjacent to the Dulles Greenway.[11]

References

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