Planning Commissioner Charlie Douglas (Blue Ridge) has announced he is resigning from the panel for health reasons.
“I’ve been in and out of the emergency room so much at Lansdowne that when I go in now, they just call me by first name,” Douglas joked Thursday night. “It’s with some regret, but I have to pay attention to my health and try to get my quality of life back.”
Douglas has served on the commission for five years. He worked for 41 years in the telecommunications industry, including starting six businesses, and holds a graduate electrical engineering degree from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology and a patent for DuPont.
“Charlie is a great guy and I appreciate the hard work and dedication he put into being my planning commissioner,” said Blue Ridge Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R). “His contributions to the county will not go unnoticed and his efforts will be missed.”
Douglas leaves as the Planning Commission launches into a review of the county comprehensive plan and prepares its strategy for the extension of Metro’s Silver Line into Loudoun.
“There is a great deal of work to be done in the planning arena that will require an additional focus on time and dedication to meet the increasing needs of the county,” Douglas wrote in his letter. “I take the responsibility seriously and would not commit unless I could give 100%.”
“I’m proud of the applications that I’ve supported in the Blue Ridge District,” Douglas said, mentioning Brambleton and Franklin Park. “… My job was to support the comprehensive plan and to help grow business in Loudoun County, and I did a good job with that. I’m happy.”
Douglas is a certified planning commissioner and a Naval Air veteran. He lives with his wife in Purcellville.