Petition of Removal Filed Against Board of Supervisors
October 23, 2019
FRONT ROYAL – A joint petition of removal was filed to the Warren Circuit Court on Oct. 18. The petition was filed against the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
Court attorney Timothy Johnson filed the petition on behalf of 941 residents of Warren County. Their signatures meet the required number of signatures to file a petition of removal against elected officials. 10 percent of the voters in the prior election are required to file the petition against those elected by the people.
The Circuit Court has the ability to remove elected members of office for “neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties.” According to the petition, signees attest that members of the BoS met those parameters due to their inaction while Jennifer McDonald was allegedly embezzling funds from Warren County and the Front Royal/Warren County Economic Development Authority.
In September, each member of the Board was charged with two misdemeanor counts of misfeasance and one count of nonfeasance. All of those charges stem from the alleged mishandling of the McDonald scandal.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting this friday, Oct. 25, to discuss whether or not they should hire counsel to defend themselves against the joint petition for removal.
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