26 April 2016
A discussion at the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday night (April 20) turned awkward as Supervisor Mozell Booker proposed changes to how the Board handles electing its chairperson.
Rather than electing the chair, which Booker said leads to what she considers harmful lobbying and soliciting of votes, Booker proposed a rotation schedule. That way all supervisors interested in serving as chair receive a chance.
After the meeting, Booker said that her proposal stemmed partially from her discontent with the way in which Chairman Mike Sheridan was elected on Jan. 6.
Last Nov. 4, Sheridan announced he would recuse himself from the controversial votes on the James River water project since part of the pipeline was slated to run through his land. Then health concerns drove him to take a leave of absence from the Board starting Dec. 2.
Sheridan attended the Board’s Jan. 6 organizational meeting at which he was elected chair, but left early due to health concerns. The water project votes were put to rest at the Board’s next meeting on Jan. 20, and Sheridan returned from his leave of absence for the following meeting on Feb. 3.
“When Mike came in and hadn’t been to a meeting in two months and then shows up at the first meeting [of the year] – I was surprised when he walked in,” said Booker. “And then he didn’t come back for the next meeting, which was a very important meeting. I chaired the meeting. And that was very strange.
“I have nothing against Mike being chair,” continued Booker. “But the night he came in for the chair position he said, ‘I would really like to try the chair. Would you support me?’ It was out of the blue.”