WMAL reports this morning that the Loudoun Board of County Supervisors will vote tonight on whether to launch an investigation to determine if long-time Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio improperly used county resources to benefit his political campaign. A former staffer has charged that he made her do campaign work on county time in county offices.
Time will tell if there is anything to this or whether this is just a disgruntled former employee and he will exonerated. That said, Loudoun’s BOCS is doing the right thing in at least taking the first step to decide if an investigation is warranted or not.
Contrast that with Prince William County’s Board where for months there has been mounting public evidence, not just disputed allegations, that multiple BOCS members including Brentsville’s Wally Covington, Neabsco’s John Jenkins, and Potomac’s Maureen Caddigan have used county resources, staff, and funds for political purposes. What has the PWC Board done to address this? NOTHING. Not a peep as to whether this is something that should be looked into. If their intention is to solidify the county’s reputation as a corrupt backwater jurisdiction, they’re doing a heck of a job at accomplishing it. Is it any wonder that the region’s high tech firms and defense contractors largely bypass PWC in favor of Loudoun and Stafford counties respectively?
Kudos to Loudoun for doing the right thing to address the appearance of impropriety and continued shame on PWC for sweeping its growing pile of dirt under the rug.
UPDATE: The Loudoun BOCS has unanimously voted to go forward with an independent investigation.
At the board meeting Wednesday, the supervisors unanimously supported a motion by board Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) to retain an outside party to investigate the allegations against Delgaudio. The board authorized up to $15,000 to fund the investigation, the results of which will be addressed publicly, York said.
York reiterated that Mateer’s complaint had been previously provided to Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney James E. Plowman (R), who referred it to the commonwealth attorney’s office in Arlington County. That office did not recommend pursuing charges against Delgaudio, York said.