Bill Text: VA HB1723 | 2019 | Regular Session | Prefiled

Bill Title: County board of supervisors; presiding officers, terminology.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-05 - Left in Counties, Cities and Towns [HB1723 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-HB1723-Prefiled.html
Offered January 9, 2019
Prefiled December 18, 2018
A BILL to amend and reenact §15.2-1422 of the Code of Virginia, relating to presiding officer of board of supervisors.
Patron-- Reid
Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §15.2-1422 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§15.2-1422. Electing a chairman and vice-chairman or a mayor and vice-mayor.

Unless the chairman or mayor is elected by popular vote, every governing body, at its first meeting after taking office, shall elect one of its number as presiding officer. Such officer shall be called "chairman," "chairwoman," "chair," or "chair-at-large," in the presiding officer's discretion, if a member of a board of supervisors and "mayor" if a member of a city or town council. Such member, if present, shall preside at the first meeting and all other meetings during the term for which so elected. The governing body also shall elect a vice-chairman or vice-mayor, as the case may be, who shall preside at meetings in the absence of the chairman or mayor and may discharge any duty of the chairman or mayor during his absence or disability. Chairmen and vice-chairmen, and mayors and vice-mayors, may be so elected to serve for terms corresponding with their terms as supervisors or councilmen or may be elected for such other period as determined by the governing body. Whenever any board or council at the time of such election, fails to designate the specific term of office for which a chairman or vice-chairman, or a mayor or vice-mayor, is elected, it shall be presumed that such officers were elected for a term of one year and shall serve until their successors have been elected and qualify. Chairmen and vice-chairmen, and mayors and vice-mayors, may succeed themselves in office. In the case of the absence from any meeting of the chairman and vice-chairman, or mayor and vice-mayor, the members present shall choose one of their number as temporary presiding officer.