Supervisors Pass Over Floyd, Pick Eberly
Posted: January 10, 2013
HARRISONBURG — The annual election of chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors is usually a unanimous vote by the five-member panel.
But not so this time around, as the man who would’ve been next in line for the role under previous procedure dissented Wednesday in objection to his fellow supervisors’ decision to diverge from the protocol of years past.
Supervisor Dee Floyd cast the sole nay vote on a motion by Supervisor Bill Kyger to elect Fred Eberly chairman for 2013. It passed 3-1, with Eberly abstaining. Supervisors Mike Breeden and Pablo Cuevas voted with Kyger.
“For years, this has been the organization. I was supposed to be chairman,” Floyd said. “This board, the powers that be, decided not.”
No one else commented on the decision, which was followed by the unanimous election of Cuevas as vice chairman.
Selecting a chairman is usually a routine matter, but it became clear in the days leading up to Wednesday’s meeting that a majority of supervisors would eschew the normal process, which they pointed out is not a set law or ordinance.
At the first meeting of each year, the board elects a chairman to run meetings and represent the county at a variety of functions. Previously, the job was rotated on a schedule in which the previous year’s vice chairman becomes chairman.
Floyd, vice chairman in 2012, said he had been told he would not take over as chairman this year, and when polled on Sunday, Cuevas, Eberly and Kyger would not say whom they would nominate or support for the job. Breeden couldn’t be reached for comment ahead of Wednesday’s meeting.
Floyd, 84, said his age may have been a factor in the decision to skip over his appointment to chairman, but he said he’s fully able to do the job.
Following the meeting, Floyd said he would have liked to serve in the role again.
“It’s sort of a done deal,” he said. “There’s not much I can do about it.”
Floyd has said Kyger indicated in a conversation that he might not be capable of serving as chairman, but Kyger denies there was an effort to prevent Floyd from being elected.
Kyger — asked what had changed between Sunday when he was noncommittal and Wednesday when he nominated Eberly — simply responded that he “just felt that [Eberly] would be very qualified to lead the board in 2013.”
Kyger said his reasoning does not imply Floyd is incapable of doing the job.
“It only implies that I believe Mr. Eberly is very capable of leading the board in 2013.”
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