Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Friction continues between Brabo, Grzeika
By the sound of things Wednesday night, friction between supervisors Ruby Brabo and Joe Grzeika didn’t go out with the old year.
For the last three consecutive meetings, residents asked that Brabo be named vice-chairman of the King George Board of Supervisors. They also wanted her appointed the county’s representative to the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Community Relations Council, or COMREL.
COMREL is a group of elected officials, residents and business representatives that provides input to Navy officials at Dahlgren. Grzeika currently represents the county and has not indicated he’s interested in giving up the position.
Supervisors didn’t directly address the citizens’ request, but they did look at a list of what members service on which boards and commissions. New Chairman Dale Sisson Jr. pointed out that these types of appointments typically run the length of a supervisor’s term.
“Unless there is the desire of the board to do something different, these are all set,” Sisson added.
Brabo didn’t let the topic drop. She complained that Grzeika doesn’t bring back details of what happens during the executive committee meetings of COMREL, which are closed to the public.
“He just comes back and says he attended and doesn’t relay any information to us as a board or to the community,” she said.
Brabo said she already attends COMREL meetings that are open to the public. As the alternate representative on the board, she asked if she could also attend closed sessions.
“I don’t want to feel like I’m overstepping my boundaries,” Brabo said.
Supervisors Grzeika and Cedell Brooks Jr. suggested she would be. They said it would be unusual and inappropriate for both the primary and alternate representatives to attend the same meeting.
Once more, Brabo asked for Grzeika to convey more information about COMREL meetings, and there was silence in the board room.
Then, Chairman Sisson moved on to the next issue.