Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Bedford County supervisors chairman resigns
The chairman of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors resigned near the end of a meeting Tuesday night after calling other supervisors a "coalition" that is making decisions without public discussion.
Chuck Neudorfer, who represents District 2 near Smith Mountain Lake, announced his resignation from the board and walked out of the meeting after supervisors rejected his nomination of Bill Piatt to the county's planning commission. Neudorfer was the only vote in favor of Piatt in a 5-1 decision against the nomination.
Reached by telephone this morning, Neudorfer said the vote was "the last brick on the pile of other issues where decisions and discussions are made outside" of meetings.
Tuesday was not the first time Neudorfer found himself opposed to the rest of the board. In February, he opposed accepting the resignation of county administrator Kathleen Guzi, which the board accepted in a 6-1 vote.
Neudorfer resigned "with a lot of regret. I feel like I let the citizens of the second district down. I came to realize a long time ago that I was not effective for the citizens of the district and that it was time to move on. I have been marginalized over the course of the year. I was sitting in that [chairman's] position in name only. There was no real prospect for the future."