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Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Re-Elects Haley as Chair

Chesterfield County Supervisor Leslie Haley standing behind desk
Midlothian District Supervisor Leslie Haley gets her notes ready prior to Wednesday's organizational meeting. Haley was re-elected to serve as chair for Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. (Photo: Ian Stewart/VPM News)

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors elected the body’s leadership at their first meeting of 2020. 

In a 4-1 vote, Leslie Haley of the Midlothian District was re-elected as the Chair. She says the biggest challenge in the new year is overcoming divisiveness, adding, “Making sure that people really understand the issues and don’t get caught up in the rhetoric that’s on social media.”

At the meeting, the Board adopted as a resolution a letter they sent to state lawmakers last month in support of gun rights, after hundreds of residents turned out asking the county to declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The Board declined adoption at prior meetings.

“This board does not and will never endorse any effort to infringe on citizen's rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the right to keep and bear arms as defined in the Second Amendment.”

Lone Democrat Jim Holland supported the resolution, but voted against Haley’s nomination as chair. He says the position, as well as the vice-chair seat, should rotate annually so that each Supervisor and district gets represented. He says the being the chair is more than a ceremonial practice.

"The chair only has one vote--so three votes rule. Which is important. However, there's more than that. It's the ability to impact appointments, the agenda and other issues. You can put items on the agenda and take items off."

Holland served as chair in 2014.

The board also nominated newly elected retired police officer Kevin Carroll as Vice Chair. 

 

Ian Stewart/VPM News

Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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