Last week, Cumberland County became just the second jurisdiction to have a dual-role administrator and county attorney in Virginia. After many meetings, most of them with a closed meeting beforehand, the vote was 3-2 to accept the counteroffer from Vivian Giles, to accept the positions of County Attorney and County Administrator.
In the past, it was that there was an attorney kept on contract, at times for $285,000 per year just for the attorney position. This combined position offer was for an administrator and county attorney for $135,000, made as a counteroffer by Ms. Giles in lieu of the offer of Administrator alone. The two Supervisors that voted against this offer complained that there is an outstanding tax bill for Ms. Giles, and kept complaining after it was explained to them.
One of the Supervisors is Bill Osl, who thought the expensive lawyer contract was just fine.
Mr. Osl continued to complain, even after it was clear his position would lose. The fact that Ms. Giles has both positions is bad according to him. Even though it is a matter before the Court, Ms. Giles tax “problem” is not a problem at all. Rather it is the course of business when dissolving a marriage.
Judy Ownby, who has served the county for decades, part of that time as Administrator, is retiring as of March 31, 2012. Jill Mathews has already resigned from her post as Asst. Administrator. Her last day was March 19, 2012.