Leesburg Council Rejects Bid to Rehire Terminated Unvaccinated Employees 

An attempt to hire back employees and reappoint commissioners who did not comply with the town’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate failed at this week’s Leesburg Town Council meeting. 

Councilwoman Suzanne Fox, who was a staunch opponent of the vaccine mandate, put forward the motion but was supported only by Councilwoman Kari Nacy, also an opponent of the mandate. 

The Town Council voted to enact the mandate in October, requiring all of the town’s full- and part-time employees and the majority of its board and commission members to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 11. Only a handful of employees and board and commission members were terminated by council action for not complying with the mandate, but others who chose not to comply resigned ahead of the deadline.

The most resignations came from the Leesburg Police Department, with seven officers resigning because of the mandate. Four part-time staff members from the Parks & Recreation Department also resigned, along with two members of the town’s boards and commissions. Three employees and five board and commission members were terminated due to noncompliance. Members of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals were exempt from complying with the mandate, as those bodies are state-mandated and there is no authority for the Town Council to dismiss members over the requirement.

The town government granted a total of 50 religious or medical exemptions for the mandate among employees and board and commission members.  

Just a month into the vaccine mandate taking hold, Town Council members indicated a willingness to revisit the policy because of updated CDC guidance. The mandate was rescinded March 8.

Fox had attempted on several occasions between October and March to have the original the mandate rescinded, but a council majority always voted to keep the item off its business meeting agendas.  

Tuesday night, Fox said she hoped her council colleagues would vote to welcome back their departed employees and board and commission members now that the mandate had been terminated. She again took issue with the original mandate, referring to it as an “egregious overreach and possibly unconstitutional” and said the town had lost “many wonderful public servants” in enacting a mandate that lasted only eight weeks.  

“My position is that this offer should be made whether or not the employee or commissioner does desire their position back,” she said. 

Fox said supporting the motion would show those who originally supported the vaccine mandate did so for safety measures, and not for punitive purposes. 

Nacy, the only other supporter of the motion, agreed. 

“I know that saying this and doing this won’t mean people automatically get their jobs back, there’s a process. But considering we changed the policy recently we should allow these people the opportunity to be reinstated,” she said. 

Councilman Neil Steinberg again defended the former mandate, saying that the council used data from state and federal health agencies in considering its decision, and noted that mandate was widely accepted by town government employees, with more than 90% of full- and part-time employees complying and the remaining majority receiving either a religious or medical exemption. 

“I can’t imagine what anybody thinks we stood to gain personally or politically by passing [the mandate],” he said.

Fox’s motion failed on a 2-5 vote.

14 thoughts on “Leesburg Council Rejects Bid to Rehire Terminated Unvaccinated Employees 

  • 2022-04-14 at 10:55 am
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    I feel bad for the terminated employees. But, hey, c’est la vie. If you want to work for the government, you have to play by their rules. Don’t feed at the public trough if you can’t hack it. Happy Easter Loudoun!

    • 2022-04-18 at 8:09 am
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      Yeah I sure it was a Happy Easter for employees that were fired for refusing to be coerced into injections that neither stopped the COVID illness or stopped the spread .

  • 2022-04-14 at 11:07 am
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    It is ironic that the only people in my immediate family to contract Covid were fully vaccinated. Since the vaccinated can contract and transmit the Covid virus the vaccine effectively accomplished little to nothing. Requiring the vaccine is simply creating a new class of second-class citizens and is used by politicians and bureaucrats to punish people who don’t agree with them. We need less government rather than more and this is yet another prime example.

  • 2022-04-14 at 12:24 pm
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    I hope the former employees future lawsuits are successful, and I hope that Democrats are exterminated from the political landscape in November. They are the ones that need to be fired.

  • 2022-04-14 at 12:48 pm
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    While I don’t think they should have been fired I definately would not bring them back. They are certainly going to be disgruntled and I’m sure their job performance will reflect that.

  • 2022-04-14 at 1:02 pm
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    “I can’t imagine what anybody thinks we stood to gain personally or politically by passing [the mandate],” he said. ”

    I dunno’. Maybe you’re easy prey for a cult?

  • 2022-04-14 at 1:53 pm
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    To the extent anyone let go had natural immunity it seems to border on wrongful termination in my retired opinion! Tell me what “data” you would rely on it court regarding justifying termination of someone who already had the disease and survived it? Sounds more like political signaling to me which frankly is getting a bit tiresome as it seems to be so prevalent especially from elected representatives who haven’t solved a real problem lately! 🙂

  • 2022-04-14 at 1:57 pm
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    Can we get an update on the LPD staffing situation, in terms of open positions?

  • 2022-04-14 at 6:13 pm
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    This has nothing to do with the mandate and everything to do with people asserting their individual liberty… and those in charge not liking it. Extending an offer to restore their positions prior to dismissal is tantamount to admitting that the council was wrong, whether in whole or in part. Perhaps the voters of Leesburg should treat these 5 who poo-pooed the whole thing by voting them out of office in the next election to remind them that they are not the masters they think they are.

  • 2022-04-14 at 8:20 pm
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    The COVID jabs are not vaccines; they are gene therapy and highly experimental. A true vaccine keeps the innoculated from getting the disease or spreading it. The COVID jabs do neither. The CDC changed the definition of vaccine so that the term appears legitimate. A cow can be called a horse but it is still a cow. Also, who gave the required informed consent to receive the jab? No one. It wasn’t possible.
    Yes, many employees obeyed and got the jab. Did they feel compelled to get it so they could keep their job? How can this coercion be called voluntary? Is the proper use of language no longer relevant?
    Not long ago a judge compelled Pfizer to publicly reveal its testing now, not decades from now. Readers of the thousands of pages are shocked that the jab was even approved. The test results were that bad. Yes, our heath agencies approved it under an emergency use authorization. How did that happen when the data did not warrant approval, in my opinion and by others schooled in anaylizing scientific studies.
    I don’t know how governments got away with these mandates. Why? Drugs that are given an emergency use authorization when there are remedies available cannot be mandated. There were such remedies– and even more remedies today– that are suppressed (but thankfully not everywhere) to make the mandates appear legitimate.
    It is in my opinion and many others that our federal health agencies are under the heavy influence of Big Pharma and Bill Gates, whose conflicts of interest would be enormous. Their guidelines should never have been taken at face value.
    The employees who lost their jobs should have them restored, otherwise the decision to not reinstate is purely politcal and evil. (I do not know anyone who lost his/her job.)

    • 2022-04-15 at 11:14 am
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      Thank you for writing this. It’s all true. Now it is fully disclosed. For those who don’t believe it, do some research instead of getting your info from the fake news.

  • 2022-04-14 at 9:45 pm
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    You can only surmise that terminated employees would not want to return to a hostile employer/industry that persecuted them in many respects, and that none of their actions were ever driven by punitive purposes (profit) as history is the best witness. Appointed and elected officials, numerous attorney’s, investigators, and many other involved parties, should crawl out from their secret underground bunker for a discussion.

  • 2022-04-15 at 12:49 pm
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    This is such a bomb of a discussion as there are many thoughts; real, hypothesis, a lot of political blame, and some stupidity rolled in as well.
    I chose to get vaccinated as a senior as I was hoping it gave me a better shot at watching my granddaughter grow up.
    Will it be like thalidomide? Remember that ..I highly doubt it.
    My biggest takeaway is how quickly it was formulated! Tells me they really already had it, it just didn’t behoove them to mfr it til a crisis. Does this tell us that there are a lot of cures sitting in a fridge somewhere waiting for it to be monetarily worthy? Illnesses create more money in the long run than cures… that’s what concerns me.

  • 2022-04-17 at 7:29 pm
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    The fired individual were discriminated against by Leesburg and will win a very large lawsuit.

    Some of them will not have to work again!

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