Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Nov. 5 meeting. For more information, call 246-3151.

LAMBERT RESIGNATION -- The Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of County Executive J. Hamilton Lambert after negotiations locked over increasing his salary to keep him on the job another year.

The board appointed Richard A. King, deputy county executive for public safety, to replace Lambert for a year beginning Jan. 1 while supervisors seek a permanent replacement.

Lambert, one of the Washington area's most respected and longest serving officials, submitted a letter to the board about two weeks ago indicating he intended to resign at the end of the year. Following that announcement, which many supervisors interpreted as a political maneuver to open discussions about his annual salary, Lambert and the board discussed a possible deal whereby he would work for another year in exchange for collecting thousands of dollars in compensatory time pay if he works more than eight hours a day.

Lambert, who oversees a $2.3 billion annual budget and about 10,000 county employees, is currently paid $129,000 a year.

The discussions locked after the board said that the county could not justify paying Lambert an estimated $10,000 to $50,000 in overtime pay in the current economic squeeze.

After meeting with Lambert in a private conference, the board announced it had accepted Lambert's resignation. The supervisors took turns thanking him for his 31 years of service to the county, including 10 years as county executive. "It is a tremendous loss to Fairfax County," said board Chairman Audrey Moore. "There is not one member of this board that does not want you to stay."

Lambert stands to make more money as a retiree next year -- $136,000, which includes a payoff for accrued leave -- than if he stayed in his job. His pension will be $102,000 a year after that.

TAXI FARE INCREASE -- The board, responding to the rising price of gasoline, unanimously approved an emergency fare increase of 40 cents for all taxicab rides, starting Nov. 12.

The board has scheduled a public hearing for Dec. 3 on whether to adopt the emergency fare increase through April 30, 1991.

Two taxicab companies, Murphy Brothers Inc. and Falls Church Yellow Cab Inc., requested the fare increase to help cover increases in operating costs for cab drivers. The price of gasoline has increased by 35 cents per gallon, or 32.4 percent, since Aug. 2, and the price of petroleum products frequently used by cab drivers also has increased.

The board's decision increases the basic fare from $1.20 for the first one-sixth of a mile to $1.60. The fare will remain 20 cents for every subsequent one-sixth of a mile.