New This Year: A Committee on Committees

How many citizen advisory committees does Loudoun County government have? Well, supervisors might need a committee on committees.

The first meeting agenda of the new Board of Supervisors includes a recommendation to form an Ad Hoc Committee on Advisory Boards, Commissions, and Committees to “study the structure and effectiveness of current Board advisory bodies.”

Loudoun currently has 54 board-appointed advisory boards, commissions, and committees  to advise supervisors. These panels are made up of residents appointed by the board as well as staff liaisons to advise and keep minutes. The committee on committees would study these bodies.

“That’s not even taking into account the regional bodies and commissions that board members—and sometime staff—have to serve on as well,” said Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn). Buona said the committee on committees is about efficiency.

“Can some of these be combined?” Buona said. “Would it make sense? Should some of these be eliminated? That’s a valid question to ask. There’s 54 of these darn things, and it takes a tremendous amount of staff time.”

Some committees, Buona said, seldom bring action items to the board, and some are outdated.

“Some were put into place for very specific reasons quite some time ago, and those reasons are overtaken by events,” Buona said. “They [the reasons] are long gone.”

The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the creating the committee on committees and appointing its members at its meeting January 6. The staff report recommends five Board of Supervisors members.

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