Board Members Step Down in Shenandoah
December 10, 2019
WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors took time out of their last meeting to thank two members for their service to the Board and Shenandoah County at large.
Supervisors Conrad Helsley and Richard W. Walker will both leave the Board on Dec. 31 following the completion of their terms. Helsley chose to not run for his position as District 6 Supervisor again, and Walker instead chose to run for County Treasurer in the Nov. elections.
Helsley is a long standing member of the Board. He was appointed in 2005 to finish the term of resigning Supervisor Rick Yeakle. Helsley has won the District 6 Supervisor seat 4 times since that appointment. In 2011 he was elected as Chairman of the Board for the first time. He was named Chairman again in 2013, 2016 and every year since.
The Board gave several heartfelt speeches regarding Chairman Helsley’s time on the Board. They also gave him a box containing several items stemming back to the beginning of his time as a Supervisor. The box included the antique gavel that was used by several predecessors of the Chairman position, including District 1 Supervisor John Neese’s father, John Neese Sr.
During his tenure, Helsley oversaw the opening of the Rappahannock/Shenandoah/Warren Regional Jail. He said that everyone would be happy about the decision to open it. Supervisor Dennis Morris provided Helsley with one last honor before the end of his term. Morris showed Helsley a sign for “The Dr. Conrad A. Helsley Convenience Site 321 Powhatan Road, Strasburg, Va., established Dec. 9, 2019.” Helsley was an initial Supervisor to discuss the need for a citizens convenience site in the area of Route 55.
Timothy Taylor ran unopposed for the District 6 seat on the Shenandoah Board of Supervisors in the Nov. elections.
Walker was elected in 2016, and declined to run for a second term. He instead chose to run for County Treasurer this year, and failed in his bid against incumbent Cindy George. Now, he is set to step away from his position when his term ends on Dec. 31.
He garnered respect from several of his colleagues, who spoke with praise in the final minutes of a Dec. 5 meeting. Walker was noted as a hard worker and always prepared for any topic the Board had to face. During his tenure he was the Board’s delegate on the Shenandoah County Planning Commission. Walker also led the push for the Junior Achievement program that was added to Shenandoah County Public Schools.
Supervisor Karl Roulston claimed that he appreciated Walker bringing up issues to the Board that were skipped over in the recent past. He explained that he and Walker did not always agree on each issue, but everything was presented with respect to different viewpoints.
Bradley G. Pollack is set to replace Walker as the Board member for District 3 in Shenandoah County. He defeated F. Coe Sherrard in the Nov. 2019 local election.
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