School Board Candidates Interviewed

The Loudoun County School Board interviewed eight candidates interested in the filling the seat left vacant by the resignation of Patrick F. Chorpenning Jr. Each candidate was given five minutes to address the board Thursday night and five minutes to answer members' questions.

Three new candidates who notified the board of their interest this week were Robert F. Dupree Jr., a lobbyist for the National Trade Association; Irene C. Esch, a former fitness instructor and former substitute and religious education teacher; and Joy-Ann Maloney, a senior system administrator for America Online Inc. who taught high school mathematics for five years.

Five candidates who expressed interest earlier were Cheryl Bacak, who was vocal in pushing for a new high school for South Riding; Kenneth R. Hovatter, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who runs a family farm in Aldie; Michael A. Krueger, who worked as an engineer and manager with IBM for 30 years; John McIntire, a vice president of Turner Construction Co. and former school board member in Lisle, Ill.; and John W. Thrash Jr., 58, dean of student development at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Dean W. Coursen, a landscaping company owner who unsuccessfully ran against Chorpenning in 1999, said Tuesday he would apply but did not.

The board is to select a candidate Thursday.

Fitzgerald Appointed at Fair Oaks

Inova Health System has appointed John Fitzgerald as administrator at Fair Oaks Hospital. He has been interim administrator since July at the 151-bed community hospital near Route 50 that serves western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun counties.

Fitzgerald, 54, replaces William A. Brown, who left last summer for Provena Health in Illinois.

Before joining Inova Health System, Fitzgerald was chief executive and president of Dallas-based SCCI Health Services Inc. He has held health care jobs in Norfolk, Baltimore and Marriottsville, Md., and has a degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Towe Reelected Vice Chairman

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously reelected Supervisor Eleanore C. Towe (D-Blue Ridge) as vice chairman Monday during its first meeting of the year. The board also adjusted its meeting schedule and set rules of order for 2003.

To accommodate holidays and Election Day:

* The business meeting scheduled for Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will be held Jan. 21 at 9 a.m.

* The business meeting scheduled for Feb. 17, Presidents' Day, will be held Feb. 18 at 9 a.m.

* The business meeting scheduled for Sept. 1, Labor Day, will be held Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

* The public hearing scheduled for Nov. 4, Election Day, will be held Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Van Huyck to Seek Board Post

Alfred P. Van Huyck (Blue Ridge) resigned from the Planning Commission on Wednesday to seek the Democratic nomination as chairman of the Board of Supervisors in November.

"I believe a member of the Planning Commission must be viewed as non-political," he said in a statement. "Otherwise, the advice given the supervisors, and the votes made, will be construed as primarily serving the individual's political interests."