The reprimand was in response to a June 24 special grand jury report that marked the end of a months-long criminal investigation of Delgaudio (R-Sterling). One of the supervisor’s former aides said that Delgaudio used county resources and staff to benefit his political campaign.
Several supervisors said they hoped their actions would provide closure to a controversy that has plagued the board since last year, when The Washington Post first reported the allegations made by Donna Mateer, a former staff aide of Delgaudio.
But Delgaudio’s attorney, Charles King, said Thursday that Delgaudio, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, would continue to defend himself and press for “due process” through a pending complaint filed against the Board of Supervisors on Monday in Loudoun County Circuit Court.
The complaint asks that the court require the board to go through a public process and afford Delgaudio an opportunity to address the allegations “point by point” before any disciplinary action is implemented, King said.
“We’ll ask the court to send it back to the board and hear Eugene out,” he said.
The criminal investigation of Delgaudio, led by Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos (D), concluded last month with no indictment. But the special grand jury took the unusual step of issuing a report that identified a number of problems with the operation of Delgaudio’s public office, and what jurors considered legal limitations that prevented an indictment.
The report cited the potential misuse of county resources and county employees; a suspicion of unreported campaign donations; a lack of focus on constituent services; a hostile work environment; and the blurring of lines between the work of his county office and that of his conservative nonprofit organization, Public Advocate of the United States, which was designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its strident campaigns against gay rights.
Vice Chairman Shawn M. Williams (R-Broad Run), who proposed the motion to discipline Delgaudio, said the special grand jury’s report made it clear that Delgaudio had abused his authority in office — even if the law made it impossible for an indictment to be considered.
“I believe this board’s ethical standards should be much higher than a technical loophole in state law,” Williams said.
Consequences were necessary, Williams told Delgaudio, “so that, frankly, you are not in a position to misappropriate county resources, as has happened in the past.”