Letter: Geary M. Higgins, Waterford

Editor: The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ resolution last week urging Del. Dave LaRock to resign was a purely political stunt, a direct violation by the Democrats of their individually signed Ethics Policy, and two violations of their own Rules of Order, which each one of them agreed to at their first meeting in January. 

Item 11 of their own individually signed Ethics Policy states that they will “use county resources, county staff or staff that is in anyway financially compensated by the county ONLY to conduct county business …” Nothing in the resolution is related to official county business.

They also violated their recently adopted “Rules of Order” in Section IV. E. 4 on Resolutions and Proclamations, which states that “due to the nature and purpose of Board Resolutions, they should not be controversial, and it is preferred that all resolutions be approved by a unanimous vote from the dais.”

Additionally, they violated their Rules of Order ignoring another requirement of Section IV. E. 4. Resolutions and Proclamations, which states that “Board Members shall notify County staff of such Resolutions for the agenda two weeks prior to the Board meeting.”

I served on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors for eight years with substantial Republican majorities in both terms. In fact, during the 2012-2016 Board we had a nine member all Republican Board. During those terms, we followed our Rules of Order and adhered to the Code of Ethics. We did not use the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, county staff or resources to further divisive partisan political agendas.
Geary M. Higgins, Waterford

[Editor’s Note: The writer in the chairman of the Virginia 10thDistrict RepublicanCommittee.]

6 thoughts on “Letter: Geary M. Higgins, Waterford

  • 2021-01-26 at 8:47 pm

    I’m happy to see someone standing up for Mr. LaRock. The “I don’t agree with him so he much be a terrible person” crowd seemed to be getting all the publicity.

  • 2021-01-27 at 7:17 am

    Say what? Higgins knows everything about politics and doing favors for cronies (developers, their attorneys, and those in between). Contrary to the law, he consistently maneuvered to ignore facts and the law handing out large amounts of taxpayer money— for what? He drove changes in zoning to properties for special friends, providing for the mega gas station to be built at the Point of Rocks bridge. Does he now want to lecture about ethics? His true colors and scheming emerged and sent him packing by voters. LaRock would do better if he could find a credible source to defend him.

  • 2021-01-27 at 10:17 am

    Rules and ethics, even their own, mean nothing to this extremist Board of Supervisors. It’s all about control.

  • 2021-01-27 at 1:02 pm

    I have a saying that “Rules are what Democrats hit Republicans over the head with.”

    Meaning, we should steer clear of additional laws, rules, and regulations because Democrats don’t follow them and, therefore, they only serve to restrain conscientious Republicans.

    This is one more in a long list of examples. All Phyllis Randall talked about when she first ran for election was an ethics pledge, which has been useless from the start. She doesn’t take it seriously one bit.

    Phyllis Randall attended a BLM rally and the BLM riots killed dozens of people. USA Today reported that there were 220 violent BLM riots/protests. Randall needs to resign!

  • 2021-01-27 at 4:05 pm

    Yes the BOS has done little of value and most of it political in nature (statue removals, plague replacements, cemetery celebrations etc but my concern remains – WHAT are they actually accomplishing that they were elected to do?

    Is there more high speed internet in western and norther Loudoun? NO

    Has there been ANY progress on the ROOUTE 15 north of Leesburg roadway? NO

    Has the school system been moderated at least to the extent of wasting taxpayer dollars? NO

    Have they protected the valuable soil in western Loudoun farms? NO

    Have they lowered or even justified the property tax rate being the highest in the state? NO
    Do we really have to wait another 3 years to get some adult level progress?

    • 2021-01-28 at 10:28 am

      Not really the topic for the letter, but just responding to the previous comment, there actually has been action on almost all of these items. Whether folks agree with it or not, the widening on Rt. 15 north is going to take place…the dirt might not be flying yet, but it seems like thats a done deal.

      Second, the board did approve to move ahead with Prime ag soils protection and the actual ZOAM is being worked on by county staff currently.

      Likewise, the board approved moving ahead with a Purchase of Development Rights Program so we can join our neighbors in Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Culpeper, etc and take advantage of state and federal matching funds in offering that program to protect our farmland. Our old PDR program had been shut down by the BOS is 2004, and opposed by every succeeding BOS until this one, so thats definitely progress.

      Certainly plenty of things to work on, but prime soils/farmland protection and lack of action on widening Rt. 15 (which a lot of folks aren’t too excited about) wouldn’t be the ones I’d pick to complain about given what the board has actually done.

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