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Town Council Members Want Orndorff to Resign

14 November 2019 Shenandoah County News


November 14, 2019

STRASBURG – The often embattled Strasburg Mayor Richard Orndorff Jr., was at the center of another Strasburg Town Council meeting.

During their well attended Tuesday evening meeting, several members of the Town Council asked for Orndorff to step down from his position. The Council does not have the power to remove the Mayor from his position, but after several months and multiple police investigations, five of the eight members of the council asked for him to resign. Orndorff’s term is scheduled to end in June, but the next mayoral election is in May.

Over 50 local residents attended the meeting. On Nov. 1, the Shenandoah County Circuit Court halted a Petition of Removal case that was filed against Orndorff by the citizens of Strasburg. There were over 100 signatures on the petition, but both the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Orndorff’s defense attorney Phillip Griffin II agreed that there were several discrepancies between the Petition that was turned in, and what the State Code requires to consider removal of an elected official.

The Mayor is also engrossed in a legal case brought against him by the Virginia State Police. After a long investigation, a Shenandoah Circuit Court grand jury indicted him on charges of food stamp fraud and obtaining money under false pretense.

Orndorff Jr., will also be in court on Nov. 19 after a DUI he received last May. He drove an ATV on a public roadway and crashed it into the Strasburg Community Library. He was also transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for his injuries.

 

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