Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

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Supervisors Boyd, Dumler, and Mallek being sworn in on December 15, 2011

The six-member Board of Supervisors ("the Supervisors", "the Board", or the "BoS") is the highest decision-making body in Albemarle County.

Each board member is elected from one of the county's six magisterial districts. Supervisors are elected for four-year terms, staggered at two-year intervals, so that only three Supervisors are up for re-election at any given time.

The next election is in November 2015.


Contents

Membership

Current membership

The current members of the Board of Supervisors, serving terms 2015 or 2017, are:

This comprises four Democrats, one Republican, and one independent on the Board of Supervisors, a shift after the 2009 election.


Former Members

Main article: List of Albemarle Supervisors

Also See articles related to former members of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

Compensation

The current Board of Supervisors annual salary is $14,542.[1] The chair receives a yearly stipend of $1,800. The vice chair receives $35 for every meeting he or she chairs.[2]

Chair

The Chair presides over meetings, calls special meetings, and serves as the ceremonial head of government. The Vice Chair substitutes whenever the Chairman is unavailable. While the Chairman has no more power than any other Supervisor, the position carries with it the ability to set the agenda and conduct the public meetings.

See also: List of former chairs of the Board of Supervisors.

Duties

Duties of the Board include:


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Meetings and contact

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The Board meets on the first and second Wednesdays of each month, with the first meeting held during the day and the second at night. The Board generally meets in Lane Auditorium but occasionally holds work sessions in Room 241. The beginning of regular meetings features a time when member of the public can make a comment to the supervisors. The board allows people to sign up for speaking slots online as well.

The audio of every meeting is live-streamed in its entirety. A podcast is made available each day.[3] The Board of Supervisors is seeking partnerships for video-streaming. [4]

Tie breaker

With six members, there is frequently the possibility of a 3-3 stalemate. These have been dealt with in many ways. In May 1921, the board was temporarily down to 6 members following the death of James W. Early. A vote over a $500 appropriation resulted in a 3-3 tie which was resolved a month later by a court-appointed temporary replacement.[5] In January 2013, the board opted not to pursue adding a seventh member.[6]

Party affiliations on the Board

In 1999, Democrat Charles Martin told the Daily Progress that party did not play a big role in how the Board worked when he was a member.[7]

External links

References

  1. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, 8 Oct. 2008. County of Albemarle. Retrieved 8 Jun. 2010.
  2. Albemarle County. Albemarle County Code. Section 2-202. Web. 16 June 2010. <http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/County_Attorney/Forms/Albemarle_County_Code_Ch02_Administration.pdf>.
  3. Web. AUDIO PODCAST CENTER, ALBEMARLE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
  4. Web. Albemarle seeks partnerships for video streaming government meetings, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 6, 2014, retrieved February 12, 2014.
  5. Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors minutes for June 15, 1921, County of Albemarle, retrieved December 7, 2011.
  6. Web. Albemarle chairmanship vote stalls for third year, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 9 Jan 2013, retrieved 10 July 2013.
  7. Courtney Miller. 15 May 1999. Daily Progress. 19 May 2009. (via George Loper's archive)
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