Two Fairfax County supervisors tried and failed this week to get Fairfax Board Chairman John F. Herrity to reveal his position on whether the county governmental center be moved from Fairfax City.

Herrity, the Republican candidate in the 8th District congressional race, managed to remain neutral on the issue, as he has the past several months while the board has considered recommendations that the county move its administrative offices to one of two sites west of Fairfax City.

Supervisor Martha V. Pennino (D-Centreville), although saying she realized it would be "improper to question the motivations of any board member," told Herrity at a board meeting Monday that he should tell the board if he doesn't support the move.

Supervisor Warren I. Cikins (D-Mount Vernon) echoed Pennino's sentiments by telling Herrity that an elected official "owes the public his judgment."

Herrity reponsed by saying that the issue should be "brought into the public arena" through the public hearing and that, in his judgment, a recommendation to immediately acquire a new site for the government center is "questionable."

The earliest the board can make a decision on the proposal is Nov. 15, following a public hearing on where the government center should be moved and how the move should be financed. The public hearing is eight days after the Nov. 7 general election.