Of all the tools in the arsenal of a member of the Board of Supervisors – quick reading comprehension, decisiveness, the ability to empathize – perhaps the most important is the ability to form and maintain partnerships. Their ability to serve on and work with local, state and federal organizations is often the catalyst to success for Stafford County. Their ability to work collectively within the region helps other localities to be successful as well. The Board volunteers to fill a roster of memberships in their annual organizational meeting in January.
“Our Board serves on everything from the R-Board, the Jail Board to the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Crystal Vanuch, Rock Hill District. “Having Stafford Board members on these regional boards and commissions means that we have an impact to how funding or policy changes can be favorable to both Stafford as well as the region.”
Among others, Chairman Vanuch, along with Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer, Garrisonville District, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Cindy Lamb, Aquia District, serves on the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or FAMPO, as it is more widely known. FAMPO’s mission is to assist with developing regional transportation plans for the Fredericksburg area, which includes the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County and Stafford County. FAMPO members join with local transportation professionals and the public to address transportation needs and make recommendations to state and federal entities on the best plans for the community.
Supervisor Meg Bohmke, Falmouth District, and Supervisor Tom Coen, George Washington District, are the George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) members. GWRC’s mission is to coordinate planning to ensure economic competitiveness, reduce redundancy in government, improve efficiency, enhance services and improve implementation time of regional products. GSRC is a member of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions, which the Virginia Code mandates to work together to address regional problems.
Supervisor Tinesha Allen, Griffis-Widewater District, serves on the Potomac Watershed Roundtable, a government-citizen form whose purpose is to promote collaboration and cooperation on environmental concerns, especially water quality issues, within the Potomac River watershed.
Supervisor Gary Snellings, a long-time representative from the Hartwood District, has probably served on every board, authority and commission populated by Board members over the years. He represents Stafford County on the Rappahannock Youth Services and Group Home Commission who oversees the Office on Youth, whose purpose is to serve the Greater Fredericksburg Region by promoting healthy and responsible behavior in youth and young adults by supporting families and providing programs that encourage positive development.
The groups mentioned are just a snapshot of the many groups the Board of Supervisors serve, with most supervisors serving on multiple boards and commissions. For a complete list of Board memberships, visit the biographies of each Board of Supervisors member at www.staffordcountyva.gov/regionalgroups.