2015 Annual Conference Recap


Thank you for participating and attending VACo’s 81st Annual Conference


November 8-10 | Bath County
“Virginia Counties Care”










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RICHMOND (November 12, 2015)—The membership of the Virginia Association of Counties elected Surry County Chair Judy S. Lyttle as 2015-2016 President during VACo’s 81st Annual Conference in Bath County. Lyttle and other newly elected officers started their terms at the association’s Annual Business Meeting on November 10.

Lyttle succeeds Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross. She becomes the first President from Surry County and the third from VACo’s Region 1 since 2009.

“It is an honor to lead the association,” Lyttle said. “Years ago, being VACo President was not in my future plans but here I am. I’m truly excited about the opportunity, and will do my best to help VACo move forward.”

Lyttle is familiar with VACo’s educational opportunities having participated in the Supervisors’ Forum and the Chairs’ Institute. She is a 2006 graduate of the Certified County Supervisors’ Program.

“I plan to devote some of my efforts to strengthening VACo’s Educational Programs,” Lyttle said. “I believe in the power of education, and it is my hope that we can help every supervisor become a better elected official through education.”

Lyttle became the first African-American woman to sit on the Surry County Board of Supervisors when she was elected in 1999. She currently serves as Chair and also has served as Vice Chair.

“Judy is a quiet but strong presence in our association,” VACo Executive Director James D. Campbell said. “Judy takes the time to know her fellow supervisors across the state. She is known for building friendships, learning from others as well as bringing people together.”

Lyttle joined the VACo Board of Directors in 2006. She became VACo’s Second Vice President in 2013.

“My love for public service has grown stronger over the years because I know I’ve made a difference,” Lyttle said. “I love people and I love serving people. When you have that in your heart, you are able to handle anything with a smile.”

Lyttle retired after working 33 years as a Program Assistant and Assistant Manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She graduated from Westside High School in Isle of Wight County and attended Virginia State University. She serves on numerous boards and committees. Lyttle is married to James Lyttle and they have two daughters – Andrea and Darylnet.

VACo 2015-16 Executive Committee

President: Judy S. Lyttle | Surry County

President-Elect: Mary W. Biggs | Montgomery County

First Vice President: William A. Robertson, Jr. | Prince George County

Second Vice President: Sherrin C. Alsop | King and Queen County

Secretary-Treasurer: Donald L. Hart, Jr. | Accomack County

Immediate Past-President: Penelope A. Gross | Fairfax County


VACo 2015-16 Board Directors

In addition to the VACo Executive Committee and Past Presidents, the Board of Directors consists of 24 supervisors representing 13 regions of the state. The terms are on a two-year cycle and the number of directors, per region, is based on the population.

This year, representatives were selected in regions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10
(Click here for a regional map)

VACo 2015-16 new board members include:

Region 2: John D. Miller | Middlesex County

Region 3: Wayne T. Hazzard | Hanover County

Region 3: James M. Holland | Chesterfield County

Region 5: Ann H. Mallek | Albemarle County

Region 6: Barbara J. Byrd | Clarke County

Region 7: Stephanie L. Koren | Louisa County

Region 10: Sara E. Carter | Appomattox County

Past Presidents: Harrison A. Moody | Dinwiddie County; Catherine M. Hudgins | Fairfax County



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RICHMOND (November 12, 2015)—The Virginia Association of Counties presented its most prestigious award to former VACo President and current Fairfax County Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland on November 8 during VACo’s 81st Annual Conference in Bath County.

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“Gerry will complete his sixth term as Fairfax County Supervisor at the end of 2015,” VACo Executive Director James D. Campbell said. “We are honored to present the Jefferson Cup to a man so devoted to his community and to county government. Gerry has served on the VACo Board of Directors for 27 years and has been a key liaison to the National Association of Counties during that time. He is well-deserving of our association’s highest honor.”

Hyland was the sixth Fairfax County Supervisor to serve as VACo President when he was elected in 2002. The former 30-year Air Force veteran contributed his time and talent to multiple VACo committees as well as assisting and partnering with supervisors from across the state.

But it is perhaps his work as Virginia’s representative to NACo that will leave the longest impression. Hyland is known as a man who builds trust and partnerships across all sizes of county government and with state and federal officials.

“I have served on the VACo Board of Directors for the past 19 years,” said Past President and fellow Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross. No former VACo board member has more ‘street cred’ in VACo and NACo than Gerry Hyland. During his many terms in office, Gerry has built bridges to elected officials in other counties and other states, which helped put VACo on the national map.”

Hyland is a member of the NACo Board of Directors through his VACo appointment. He has diligently served on numerous NACo committees and task forces, including the Finance Committee and the Programs and Services Committee.

Early this year, Hyland announced his retirement from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors effective December 31. The Supervisor said his decision to retire “was one of the most difficult things in my life. Nothing has given me more satisfaction than the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Hyland runs a private law practice, Hyland and Hyland. He also owns a working farm on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Hyland is the first Jefferson Cup recipient since 2012 when VACo honored former Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett.

Jefferson Cup Recipients

1965William B. Speck | Executive Director for the League of Virginia Counties

1966Mills E. Godwin | Virginia Governor (1966-1970) and (1974-1978)

1966Sam E. Pope | Member of the House of Delegates

1966Stuart B. Carter | VACo President and Botetourt County Supervisor

1970Clifford E. Wood | Nelson County Supervisor

1973Billy W. Frazier | VACo President and Scott County Supervisor

1979W.D. “Berry” Gray | Richmond County Supervisor

1984George Long | VACo Executive Director

1991A.L. Philpott | Speaker (1980-1991) and Member (1958-1991) of the House of Delegates

1993Ford C. Quillen | Member (1969-1993) of the House of Delegates

1995Kathleen K. Seefeldt | Prince William County Supervisor

1997Ellen M. Bozman | Arlington County Supervisor

1998Harry G. Daniel | Chesterfield County Supervisor

1999James F. Moore | Essex County Supervisor

2000C.M. Williams, Jr. | Stafford County Administrator

2001Peggy R. Wiley | Greensville County Supervisor

2002C. Flippo Hicks | VACo General Counsel

2003Katherine K. Hanley | Fairfax County Supervisor

2004John D. Jenkins | Prince William County Supervisor

2005Henry H. Bradby | Isle of Wight Supervisor

2006William G. O’Brien | Rockingham County Administrator

2007—John H. Chichester | Member (1978-2007) of Virginia Senate

2012—Virgil Hazelett | Henrico County Manager (1992-2013)

2015—Gerald W. Hyland | VACo President and Fairfax County Supervisor



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RICHMOND (November 8, 2015)—The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension recognized the 10th class of the Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program on November 8 during VACo’s 81st Annual Conference in Bath County.

The Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program is a partnership between the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech and VACo to provide training to enhance the leadership and decision-making skills of county supervisors in the Commonwealth.

The four graduates of the 18-month certification program are:

Pattie Cooper-Jones, Prince Edward County

Jane D. Dittmar, Albemarle County

Stephanie L. Koren, Louisa County

Jack White, Mathews County

The Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program was created to provide VACo members more in-depth knowledge about government operations.

“Congratulations to our four newest graduates on completing one of VACo’s premier educational programs,” said James D. Campbell, VACo Executive Director. “We now have more than 50 graduates from 39 counties since the program’s first class in 2006. VACo offers a number of quality educational opportunities, and the Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program continues to be one of our best offerings.”

Newly elected VACo President Judy Lyttle is a 2006 graduate of the program. “I encourage fellow supervisors to enroll in this smart, challenging and fulfilling program that continues to help me as I serve the citizens of Surry County,” Lyttle said.

Virginia Cooperative Extension partners with Virginia Tech and VACo to develop and deliver the program. “This program is a great example of Virginia Cooperative Extension growing its partnership with an organization to strengthen the impact of our community viability efforts and to collaborate with other agencies to provide leadership education,” said Dr. Michael Chandler, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech and one the program’s instructor along with Dr. Martha Walker, Extension Viability Specialist.

The Virginia Certified County Supervisors’ Program provides an overview of the issues, expectations, and practices associated with serving as a county supervisor as well as detailed information about local government. Each participant completes five core courses featuring both classroom instruction and self-directed learning on leadership development, duties and responsibilities of public officials, community planning, local government finance, and collaborative governance.

For more information about the County Supervisor Certification Program, contact Phyllis Errico, General Counsel, at perrico@vaco.org or 804.343.2509.

Supervisor Certification Past Graduates


Jason Daniel Bellows, Lancaster County; Alexa Fritz, Culpeper County; Roger T. Hayden, Patrick County; H.A. “Andy” McCready, Pulaski County; Charles A. Stacy, Tazewell County


John Cataldo, Brunswick County; Claire Anne Collins, Bath County; William F. “Bill” Gandel, Prince George County; Don C. Gantt, Jr., Prince Edward County; John Haynes, Richmond County; Dana G. Kilgore, Wise County; Phil D. McCraw, Carroll County; Phillip “Bart” Perdue, Bath County; Cassandra L. Stish, Buckingham County; Robert “Bob” Thomas, Jr., Stafford County; Kevin Wagner, Highland County; John R. Woodward, Page County


Joseph C. Straten, Washington County


Larry K. Bartlett, Grayson County; David W. Blanchard, Highland County; Brenda Sutherland, Grayson County


Stephen W. Bowen, Nottoway County; J.D. Cave, Page County; Donald W. Kidd, Amherst County; Dr. Thomas Littrell, Carroll County; Ernie McLeod, Louisa County


Deborah B. Coats, Hanover County; Robert H. Conner, Brunswick County; Willie L. Gentry, Jr., Louisa County; Bernard L. Jones, Sr., Brunswick County; Ann H. Mallek, Albemarle County; Carl Schmitt, Greene County


Sharon Baroncelli, Shenandoah County; Kate Berger, Pittsylvania County; Tony Carter, Warren County; David Hutchins, Carroll County; Paul Milde, Stafford County


John Rust, Page County; William Quarles, Jr., Goochland County; Charles Allbaugh, Fluvanna County


Wayne A. Acors, Caroline County; Charles C. Ballard, Page County; Phillip A. Bradshaw, Isle of Wight County; Gerald M. Cubbage, Page County; Carol Lee Fischer-Strickler, Page County; Thomas W. Fore, Amherst County; R. Kenneth Hatcher, Powhatan County; Judy S. Lyttle, Surry County; Ronnie L. Shortt, Wise County; Thomas J. Wright, III, Isle of Wight County



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RICHMOND (November 10, 2015)—The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Go Green Awards, a program designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce emissions, and save local governments money.

The winning counties are:

Albemarle County

Arlington County

Chesterfield County

Henrico County

James City County

Louisa County

This is the seventh year VACo has participated in the program, which was started in 2007 and called “Go Green Virginia.”

The program is generously supported and sponsored by Moseley Architects and Trane.

“The winning counties represent a growing group of localities that believe in taking innovative steps to reduce energy usage and promote sustainability,” VACo Executive Director James D. Campbell said. “We are proud to be a part of this exciting program.”

Visit www.GoGreenVA.org for more information.


Go Green Past Winners

Albemarle County (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Arlington County (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Chesterfield County (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Clarke County (2011)

Culpeper County (2011)

Fairfax County (2009, 2010)

Franklin County (2009)

Frederick County (2011, 2013)

Gloucester County (2010)

Hanover County (2009, 2010, 2011)

Henrico County (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)

James City County (2012, 2013)

Loudoun County (2009, 2010, 2012)

Prince William County (2009, 2012)

Roanoke County (2009, 2010, 2011)

York County (2009, 2013, 2014)