Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

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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 2021.


Membership

Current membership

The current members of the Board of Supervisors, serving terms ending in 2021 or 2023 are:

Gallaway became chair in 2019 and named to a third term in early 2021. [1] [2]

This comprises six Democrats on the Board of Supervisors.

Board commmittee assignments

This information will be available in January 2020.

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 $16,972. The chair receives a yearly stipend of $1,800. The vice chair receives $35 for every meeting he or she chairs. [3]

Chair

The Chair presides over meetings, calls special meetings, and serves as the ceremonial head of government. The Vice Chair substitutes whenever the Chair is unavailable. While the Chair 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:

  • Approving the budget as prepared by staff.


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Meetings and contact

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The Board meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, with each regular meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. with public hearings held at 6:00 p.m. 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.

All meetings are virtual during the COVID-19 Emergency. Video-streams of meetings have been available since November 2015.

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.[4]

In January 2013, the board opted not to pursue adding a seventh member.[5]

External links

References

  1. Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chairs re-elected, clerks reappointed, Michael Caldwell, News Article, CBS19, January 6, 2021, retrieved February 6, 2021.
  2. Web. Gallaway will again serve as supervisors chair; County to consider amending development fees, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 3, 2021, retrieved February 6, 2021.
  3. Web. Sec. 2-202 - Compensation of the Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, County Code, Municode, retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors minutes for June 15, 1921, County of Albemarle, retrieved December 7, 2011.
  5. Web. Albemarle chairmanship vote stalls for third year, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 9 Jan 2013, retrieved 10 July 2013.