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UPDATE: Delgaudio Meeting Canceled

Supervisor wants Eugene Delgaudio removed during investigation of aide’s complaint against him.

UPDATE: Nov. 20 meeting on Delgaudio investigation canceled.

Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) announced in his latest newsletter that a Nov. 20 meeting scheduled to discuss the investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) has been canceled. The board has rescheduled its Finance/Government Service & Operations Committee meeting to Nov. 20. Here is the statement from York's newsletter:

"During the November 7 Board Meeting, I announced that the second Business Meeting on November 20 would be cancelled because of the meeting falling on Thanksgiving week.  Due to information received by the County Attorney’s office on the 8th of November, there was consideration of a Board of Supervisors special meeting on the 20th in relation to the Delgaudio investigation.  However, based on advice by the County Attorney’s office we will not be holding a special meeting.

Additionally, we are re-scheduling the Finance/Government Services & Operations Committee originally planned for November 26 to Tuesday, November 20, at 5pm in the Board Room.  The two main topics to be discussed are Staff Aide policies and the proposed County Court complex expansion."

Initial Story:

In light of a special prosecutor's re-examination of an aide’s complaint against Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), Broad Run Supervisor Shawn Williams (R) announced today he plans to request his colleague be restricted during the investigation.

Namely, Williams said in a statement, he plans to call on Delgaudio’s removal from the Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee and the Transportation and Land Use Committee.

“I strongly believe it is incumbent on the Board to act with the highest ethical standards and have no tolerance for those who act with any impropriety,” Williams said in the statement.

At this time, no criminal wrongdoing has been found. Delgaudio’s former aide alleges she performed work in the Sterling supervisor’s office that appeared to be for his re-election campaign as well as his private job with Public Advocate of the United States. Delgaudio has denied the allegation and said the only fundraising he has been doing is for a local youth sports league.

Delgaudio has not yet responded to a Patch request for comment.

Williams’ full statement:

“I have been very concerned about the allegations regarding Supervisor Delgaudio misusing County staff and resources for political purposes. I first learned of the allegations against Supervisor Delgaudio when I read the story in the Washington Post in late September. Working with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, we initiated an investigation to find out whether County policy was violated at the following business meeting on October 3rd. Since then, that investigation has been superseded by a criminal investigation. The Board’s investigation is on hold because our investigation could interfere with the criminal investigation. The actions the Board can take against an individual member of the Board are limited, but there are some that have been discussed. The Board will be holding a special meeting to address this topic on Tuesday November 20th at 5:30pm. At this meeting, I will push for Supervisor Delgaudio to be removed from his positions on the Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee and the Transportation and Land Use Committee while he is under criminal investigation. I strongly believe it is incumbent on the Board to act with the highest ethical standards and have no tolerance for those who act with any impropriety.”

Satchmo November 14, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Thank you Supervisor Williams. A very adult and prudent response.
Stevens Miller November 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Agreed.
Brambleton76 November 14, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Delgaudio needs to resign gracefully, before a barrage of very very embarrassing evidence comes out on him.
Nicholas Graham November 15, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Supervisor Williams is showing a great deal of integrity and leadership with this move. While politically risky, he clearly knows is the noble and right thing to do. While under criminal investigation, any member of the BoS should have his/her duties restricted or suspended as much as possible. If and when said member is cleared, if they are, those duties should be fully reinstated. I think Shawn has demonstrated a lot of courage and independence since he was elected. I admire that - its refreshing and needed, and I hope he continues it...Nicholas Graham
TravisW November 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Kudos to Supervisor Williams. Once again he's stating the obvious that no other supervisor seems to realize.
joe brewer November 15, 2012 at 02:18 PM
The measures Shawn Williams is calling for are the harshest ones possible if Delgaudio is found guilty. So we predispose a judgment in this case because of publicity instead of waiting for the facts. Now that the investigators had to withdraw do we hire new investigators for an additional 15 thousand dollars. Cost would then be doubled for what end result, a reduction in job duties? If cleared I only hope that Mr. Williams will show the decency and come out with a 176 word statement acknowledging his judgment error!
Stevens Miller November 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
"joe brewer" is badly confused about the facts. Harsher sanctions are possible, including reduction or elimination of a supervisor's $100,000+ office budget (which, among other things, pays for staff aides). The investigators did not "withdraw." Pursuant to the work order Jack Roberts gave them, upon finding evidence of criminal conduct, they were required to suspend the investigation and turn over their findings to law enforcement officers. If Mr. Delgaudio is actually found guilty of a crime, he can be removed from office altogether. Even without such a conviction, § 24.2-233 of the Code of Virginia authorizes a Circuit Court judge to remove him upon a petition signed by about 500 voters in the Sterling district, for (among other things) "misuse of office." Mr. Williams is only doing what is appropriate now that the investigation has, as ordered, turned over its findings and a formal criminal investigation has commenced. Supervisors have power that affects the citizens they govern, just as police officers have power that affects the citizens they protect. Any police officer subjected to criminal investigation would be moved to limited duties, pending the outcome. The rest of the board should see that what Mr. Williams is suggesting is just as appropriate in this context and limited duty is for a police officer in a similar situation.
Stevens Miller November 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
"just as appropriate in this context and limited duty is" should be "just as appropriate in this context AS limited duty is"
Janie Oldham November 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Good grief. What an idiotic mess. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? One disgruntled, fired, employee, has caused all of this. What if she's lying? There are no criminal charges against Delgaudio. Williams is jumping the gun to please democrats like Satchmo/Blackout. Why? No loyalty among thieves. It's ridiculous.
Stevens Miller November 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM
"Innocent until proven guilty" is a jury instruction, not a barrier to being prudent. If an airline pilot is suspected of breaking the rules, that pilot doesn't fly until the investigation is complete. If a school bus driver is under investigation, our children don't ride with them until the investigation is complete. This isn't criminal punishment that Williams is proposing. It's merely the right thing to do with a person who is under criminal investigation and who has the power to do harm. You take that power away, as much as is reasonable, until you get the full story.
joe brewer November 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Where is the proof? If he is guilty of a crime? If so he will not need a budget any longer. Prudent by whose standard a new advocate hate group who hates the so-called hater more and then cloud ethics and criminal chargers with their lawyer speak. This is a vendetta by the Millers and the Weintraubs it has nothing to do with Ms. Matrie other then to use her as a pawn in their moves against Delgaudio. Better then all this lets remove him because he ate at a Chik Fil a. Mr. Brambleton76 why wouldn't you want to see the evidence as there may be ethic violations by other Supervisors that come to light if there are any in the first place?
Ashburner November 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I have seen copies of the evidence. It is painfully obvious that staff was fundraising on government time and authorized by ED. Furthermore, Chairman York knew about this over 8 months ago and never reviled the info. How many more knew? Did Plowman too?
joe brewer November 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
The dispute is the nature of the fundraising be it for charity or political gain. Where is this evidence you speak of @Asburner so we can see for ourselves?
Janie Oldham November 16, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Please explain what laws were broken by Supervisor Delgaudio. I thought the supervisor aides were paid by the supervisors, worked for them, and would do whatever the supervisors wanted.
Elizabeth Amy Miller November 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
No, Jamie, the supervisors aides are paid by the county.
Al Nevarez November 16, 2012 at 03:36 PM
a) Supervisor Delgaudio has admitted that he is guilty of misusing county staff to raise money for outside organizations. He claims that it was restricted to raising money for Lower Loudoun Football, which does not appear to be likely, but even if it were just for raising money for LLF, it would still be a misuse of country resources. b) Staff aides are paid by the county, not by the Supervisors. The purpose of county staff is to help Supervisors carry out their official duties. Raising money for outside organizations is way outside of that guiding principle, and that is just common sense. At best, instructing staff to spend 50-70% of their time raising money for outside organizations demonstrates an embarrassing lack of judgment. At worst, it was a willful abuse of a county resource to benefit his personal interests. c) The Commonwealth Attorney's Office is investigating which laws were broken, but that is not the criteria the Board should be using when deciding whether to restrict another Board members privileges. There are rules that govern Supervisor conduct that are not in the criminal jurisdiction. Even if Supervisor Delgaudio didn't commit a criminal act, his privileges, particularly with regards to the district budget he oversees, should be suspended effective immediately.
joe brewer November 16, 2012 at 04:35 PM
@ Al How do you know that over 50% of the time was used to raise funds for outside organizations. I see nothing but conjecture and guesses from Miller and the Weintraubs. Where, where is the proof? Isn't that what the attorney is looking for and does not want some half-cocked supervisor looking for headlines to make any bigger mess of this situation then it is
Al Nevarez November 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Joe, Delgaudio admitted, from the dais, that he instructed staff to raise funds for outside organizations. This is not even in dispute. Further, Donna Mateer provided Chairman York with an email that states that she was to spend 50-70% of her time making phone calls to potential donors. Chairman York has had the proof you seek in his possession since March, and failed to provide it to the Commonwealth Attorney until after this story broke. The Arlington CA is looking for violations of the law that meet the threshold of a criminal prosecution. That does not excuse the Board of Supervisors from their responsibility to protect the county from further misuse and liability. The facts of the case demand the Board suspend Eugene Delgauido's committee assignments and district budget immediately.
KEL November 16, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Joe B, Your words: "I(s) he is guilty of a crime? If so he will not need a budget any longer. Prudent by whose standard; a new advocate hate group who hates the so-called hater more and then cloud(s) ethics and criminal chargers with their lawyer speak. This is a vendetta by the Millers and the Weintraubs it has nothing to do with..." Sorry, but I had to add the right letters within () in order to correct the paragraph written above to an English sentence with verb noun agreement so it was readable. Please describe for all of us online, what your real interest or motive in defending Delgaudio in this case really is rather than trying to sound concerned about points of law.
Brambleton76 November 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
When Delgaudio was quoted in regards to TSA " It's the federal employee's version of the Gay Bill of Special Rights... That means the next TSA official that gives you an 'enhanced pat down' could be a practicing homosexual secretly getting pleasure from your submission".. Sounds like a guy has deep closeted fascinations with gays, yet, he's the one of the leaders of the anti gay movement.. Let's get the nutjob out of office, and please not let him represent the decent people of Sterling,VA
joe brewer November 16, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I am just so happy the GASP (grammar and spelling police) are doing their best to keep us safe and secure Kel. @ Brambleton76 I must admit the gay bill of special rights was a big fat stinko! If there is a e-mail stating Ms. Mateer was to spend 50 to 70% of her time seeking political donations then you have a nail in the coffin.
joe brewer November 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
You boys need to calm down and don't get your twinkie in such a uproar.

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