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County taking applications for Garrisonville Supervisor

Now may be your chance to serve on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. If you’re a registered voter in the Garrisonville District—and want to join the county’s governing body, then now is the time to put your application in.

The current Garrisonville representative and chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Mark Dudenhefer, was elected last month to the Virginia House of Delegates. He will resign from the county board this month, midway through his second term, which expires in 2013. Starting next month, Dudenhefer will represent the newly created 2nd District, covering parts of Stafford and Prince William counties in Richmond.

Applications for the Garrisonville supervisor seat are due Dec. 27. The required forms and information can be found on the Stafford County website.

The selection doesn’t come easy, Rock Hill Supervisor Cord Sterling says. “This is a very significant and serious decision, it’s one of the most important because we’re making a decision on who will represent other people.”

The board will discuss the process at Tuesday’s meeting, but the decision will be made by the new board, with two new members. (Here is Tuesday’s agenda.) A tentative timeline shows that the board will discuss the applicants in early January, conduct interviews mid-month and select the Garrisonville Supervisor at the beginning of February.

Falmouth Supervisor Susan Stimpson says the board hopes to keep the process fairly open. “We aren’t even required to take applications, we could just appoint someone, but we decided as a board that’s not the direction we want to go,” Stimpson said. “We’re going to do as much as we can in the public.”

A special election will be set for sometime next year, though that could be scheduled for either May or for November, as part of the general election. Sterling said there would be reasons to schedule it for either time, but the incoming board will make the final decision. At this point, no one is not pointing to any obvious replacements. Sterling said he had seen or heard of two possible applicants for the seat.

“I think that it’s definitely open and for us to say otherwise doesn’t serve the residents of the Garrisonville District well,” Stimpson said. “Certainly you always have leaders in mind who have made impressions on you.”

Stimpson says that for her, it would be important for the applicant to intend to run in the special election for the seat, though it is not required.