Transparency News 10/29/19



October 29, 2019


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"The supervisors’ attorney said that 'certain citizens' being dissatisfied 'does not represent a majority opinion in the county.'”

The misdemeanor misfeasance and nonfeasance charges leveled against 14 current and former county officials were droppedMonday in Warren County Circuit Court because Judge Bruce Albertson said misfeasance and nonfeasance are not crimes in Virginia. According to Cornell Law School’s legal dictionary, misfeasance is “the incorrect, improper or wrongful performance of a lawful act,” while nonfeasance is “failure to act where there was a duty to act.” Also on Monday, the Circuit Court conducted the first hearing regarding a recently filed petition seeking the county supervisors’ removal from office. Albertson opted to not suspend the supervisors as proceedings regarding the petition are ongoing. Interim Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan said the supervisors should be suspended because “the public outrage and dissatisfaction is readily apparent” and it is “safe to say citizens have lost faith in the current board.” Layton then requested that Alberston review videos of two recent supervisors’ meetings to witness citizens’ outrage. After viewing the videos, the supervisors’ attorney Jason Ham said that “certain citizens” being dissatisfied “does not represent a majority opinion in the county.” Albertson denied the motion to suspend the supervisors, saying that would be “a drastic remedy.”
The Northern Virginia Daily

Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell said he will hold a news conference Thursday morning with information about the investigation of the death of 2-year-old Noah Tomlin. The autopsy is complete, but no information has been released to the public. No one has been charged with Noah’s death, but Julia Tomlin, Noah’s mother, was arrested and charged with three counts of felony child neglect from an incident that occurred two days before she reported him missing, according to Hampton police.
Daily Press

Do you have a question about the city budget but just want to sit back and relax after work? Norfolk officials have just the ticket. Residents can now query city staff over a beer or coffee during five Budget and Brews sessions. Each will provide residents with information on budget priorities, revenues, expenditures and more. They will be held at breweries and coffee houses around Norfolk.
The Virginian-Pilot

Following criticism of its debt collection methods, the University of Virginia Health System has established an advisory council to help determine new billing and collections practices. The Billing and Collection Practices Advisory Council, which was announced by UVa on Monday, consists of 16 members from a swath of communities, including the faith-based community, schools, health care and UVa students and employees.
The Daily Progress