Finance Committee Sends Revised Ethics Pledge Back to Board

It’s been a long road for Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall’s vision of a Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct for the Board of Supervisors. But the board will soon vote on a final version.

After a session of intense revisions and rewording Tuesday night, the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct that the board’s Finance, Government Operations, and Economic Development Committee will return to the full board as a single document.

Randall (D-At Large) thanked her colleagues on the board for their work on the new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, now a single document, and emphasized that it is “a forward-facing document.”

“This is a document that is meant to be for the citizens of Loudoun, and not meant to imply anything of my colleagues in any way,” Randall said. “I think it’s just so important that we sit under a code of ethics and a standards of conduct, and we do that as a service to the citizens.”

Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), who worked closely with Randall on several revisions of the document, said the committee’s approved version allays the concerns that have been brought to him.

“I appreciate the fact that this is ultimately a collaborative document,” committee Chairman Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) said.

“Let’s keep this energy, let’s keep it moving forward, and let’s rock and roll,” said Supervisor Koran Saines (D-Sterling).

The new version of the pledge passed 4-0-1, with Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) absent.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct at its next business meeting Jan.  21.