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Judge denies Delgaudio’s petition to block possible disciplinary action

A petition aimed at stopping the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from taking possible disciplinary action against Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) was denied by Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne at a hearing Wednesday morning.

Charles King, Delgaudio’s attorney, filed the request for temporary injunction Monday after county supervisors warned that they would act in response to a special grand jury report that concluded a lengthy criminal investigation of Delgaudio, who faced allegations that he used his public office to benefit his political campaign.

The special grand jury did not indict Delgaudio, but it issued a detailed report identifying numerous potential problems with the operation of the supervisor’s county office. Earlier this month, county supervisors indicated that they would address the issues raised by the report at a board meeting Wednesday.

King said Wednesday that he acknowledged Horne’s ruling that the county board has authority to discipline its members without the intervention of a judge: “We’re not saying that they don’t have authority to do that, what we’re saying is that there’s a certain process they should go through,” King said. “They can’t just announce what they’re going to do and then do it.”

Though the injunction was denied, King said the remainder of the complaint — which requested that the court instruct the board to follow due process before taking any disciplinary action against Delgaudio — “was still alive.”

Eugene A. Delgaudio

Delgaudio is entitled to the opportunity to thoroughly defend himself against the allegations, King said.

According to the board’s meeting agenda, Board Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) plan to recommend that the board discuss the special grand jury report in a “Committee of the Whole,” meaning that all members of the board would have the opportunity to speak without adhering to a three-minute time limit each.

Board Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) said Wednesday that it’s possible the board could take immediate action against Delgaudio at its meeting.

In an e-mail, Williams said he expected that a motion would be made to take “certain actions” — and should the board support such a motion, some of those actions might take effect immediately, while others may need to be addressed at a future meeting.

He did not provide additional details about what the proposed actions might be.

This article has been updated.

Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.



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