There is a section in the Virginia code, § 24.2-233. Removal of elected and certain appointed officers by courts, that provides a mechanism for such removal from office; this petition appears to be based on subdivision 1:
1. For neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office, or
Note that there must be action by the circuit court: “Upon petition, a circuit court may remove from office any elected officer or officer who has been appointed to fill an elective office, residing within the jurisdiction of the court…” [emphasis added], and you must be a resident of Sterling District to sign.
Whether our circuit court would interpret the supervisor’s abusive behavior as neglect of duty or misuse of office remains to be seen. I do think it’s significant that Sterling residents have taken this step. In the past, every fresh Eugene outburst has produced a flurry of comments that he’s unfit for office, but no one had yet translated that sentiment into action. It underlines my observation that his most recent offense – referring in writing to members of the community he serves as “it” – crosses a new and utterly unacceptable line of conduct.
It also seems highly unethical for him to use actions performed as a board member to raise funds for the private organization that pays his salary – which he has allegedly bragged of doing. Maybe someone more familiar with the VA code can provide a link to the legal definition of abuse of office.
It’s disappointing that it’s come to this. Not only did the Loudoun County Republican Committee fail to censure this evil man for his behavior, they gave him a standing ovation at their January meeting. Then, the LCRC elected as their Chair Mark Sell, one of the obsessively homophobic boys that follows Eugene around like a puppy, staging little stunts for his Public Advocate group. It was a close election, so it’s not as if the entire committee is infected with this disease. In fact, some of them are quite upset about it – but you should know that Eugene will feel empowered by this to push the boundaries even further. The more embarrassment and isolation he can bring to Sterling, the better it is for both his electoral prospects and his paycheck.