Q & A with Alexa Fritz | Culpeper County Supervisor

June 17, 2015

Fritz

Question 1 – You graduated in 2014 from the Supervisor Certification Program. How have you applied what you’ve learned to the service of Culpeper County?
Alexa Fritz – This program has been extremely useful in giving us the knowledge and information we need to do our jobs well. In the session “Making a Governance Difference” we actually read the Virginia code and were able to ask questions. It was done in a way where anyone could understand and this has proven to be one of the best tools I have used since the class. We must know the code and the aspects of Dillion Rule as it applies to the localities. During the Funding Public Services in the 21st Century we learned about the different types of budgeting. This has been extremely helpful in our county as we deal with the schools and our capital improvements plan.


Q2 – Your graduating class had five supervisors. What was it like to take the journey with them?
AF – It was wonderful to have other supervisors to work with as they all came from different levels of skill sets.  Some were long term supervisors who could share their knowledge from years of experience and others were newer supervisors who were learning this information first hand.  They were a great group to bounce ideas off of, ask questions that pertained to their counties that we may have been experiencing at the time and I really just enjoyed the comradery.

Q3 – Five courses encompass the Supervisor Certification Program. What was the one course that left a lasting impression?
AF – I really enjoyed all of the classes pretty equally and the books we were given to read made for great discussion.  The one class I really found interesting was Inventing your County’s Future.  This one discussed planning and zoning and the rules the counties had to follow as well as legal requirements regarding the comprehensive plan of the county.  Our county is currently reviewing the comprehensive plan and the information provided in this class has proved to be invaluable.

Q4 – What would you say to those supervisors who may be interested but feel they don’t have the time?
AF – First and foremost this class is packed full of information that would take you years to accumulate through just asking questions as you go along! Items you didn’t even know you needed to know are presented, along with the standard questions a new supervisor would have.  Plus, you get the network of colleagues throughout the state that are doing the same job, and have the different experiences that you can refer to when you do have questions.  The class provides the knowledge you need to be an effective supervisor and will save you months if not years of time in researching answers.

Q5 – One of your passions in service is citizen involvement in county government. Please talk a little bit about why this is important to you.
AF – Our country was founded on a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  This is what makes us Americans.   A government is most effective when the consent of the will of the majority of its citizens is at work. When there is active citizen participation government works to protect the human rights of all citizens and effectively requires laws to apply to all citizens equally so each individual is represented. These classes and the instructors are consistently teaching us the value of being open and transparent at all times.

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