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."
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.”