Friday, December 2, 2022

What issues might present a conflict of interest for York County supervisors? Here’s a rundown

The York County Board of Supervisors (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)
The York County Board of Supervisors (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)

It’s not unusual for elected officials to have more than one job: State and local officials are attorneys, contractors, educators, and more.

So, when there’s a vote on a subject related to a city council or board of supervisors member’s “day job,” what happens?

Typically, the official is required to recuse themselves from the vote.

To aid that process, state and local elected officials are required to file a disclosure statement annually that shows their various interests that may present conflicts in a vote.

They also must adhere to a section of the Code of Virginia called the Conflict of Interests Act, which covers voting on conflicts of interest, receipt of gifts and more.

Each York County Board of Supervisors member is provided with a copy of the act at the start of their elected term, spokeswoman Gail Whittaker said.

Whittaker said the county does not keep a specific list of issues supervisors must recuse themselves from, but they do have their disclosure statements, called the Statement of Economic Interests.

The county relies on board members to self-report which issues they must recuse themselves from, but they can ask the county attorney for an opinion.

“I am not aware of anyone doing so, however,” Whittaker added.

Whittaker said the board members each have until Feb. 1 to submit their 2019 Statement of Economic Interests. The county had not received any for 2019 as of Friday morning.

Here’s information from each supervisor’s 2018 Statement of Economic Interests, as well as their salary while serving on the board.

Thomas G. Shepperd Jr., chairman

Salary: $10,800

Statement of Economic Interests:

  • Retired from the U.S. Air Force.
  • Stocks through T.D. Waterhouse
  • Investments through Questar Capital
  • Mutual fund through Thrift Savings Plan
  • Mutual fund through FTJ

W. Chad Green, vice chairman

Salary: $10,200

Statement of Economic Interests:

  • Employed as attorney with Magnolia Group, LLC in Newport News
  • Debt to credit card companies
  • IRA account through Merril Lynch
  • Stock in Duke Energy
  • Stock in Dominion Power
  • Stock in AT&T
  • Business, oyster farm in Gloucester, owned by Green or family
  • Business, “W.C. Green” in Newport News, owned by Green or family
  • Owner of four residential rental properties, three in Newport News and one in York County
  • Owns boat house and open land in York County. (Does not include principal address)
  • Owns house in Newport News.

Walter C. Zaremba

Salary: $9,000

Statement of Economic Interests:

  • Principal of Zaremba Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law in Williamsburg
  • Employee, principal, of Zaremba Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law
  • Stocks in Fisher Investments
  • Stocks and bonds in American Funds
  • Zaremba Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law, owned by Zaremba or family
  • WRLZ, LLC in Williamsburg, owned by Zaremba or family
  • WRLZ, LLC is the owner of commercial rental property in Williamsburg
  • Owner of residential property in Northumberland County
  • Owner of undeveloped land in York County (Does not include principal address)

Sheila S. Noll

Salary: $9,000

Statement of Economic Interests:

  • Stocks in: American Airlines Group, AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chevron, Clorox, Comcast, Consolidated Edison, Costco, CSRA when issued, Deere Company, Diago PPC, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Dominion Energy of VA, Duke Energy, DSX Technology, Edwards Life Sciences, Eli Lilly & Co., Ford Motor Co., GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Intel Corp, Internation Paper, Kimberly Clark, Merck, Netflix, Old Point Financial, Oracle, Pepsico, Pfizer Inc., Price T. Rowe Group, Rite Aid Corp, Southwest Airlines Corp, SNA Bank, Towne Bank, USAA Cornerstone Fund (mutual funds), USAA Income Fund, USAA Virginia Bond Fund, DC Tobacco Settlement (bonds), Virginia College Authority, CSX, Huntington Ingalls Inds, Stryker Corp, Sysco Corp, 3 M Company.
  • Owner of residential rental property in Virginia Beach.
  • Owner of recreational property in Virginia Beach

Jeffrey D. Wassmer

Salary: $9,000

Statement of Economic Interests:

  • Chairman of Spectrum Comm Inc. in Newport News
  • CEO (employee) of Spectrum Comm Inc.
  • Stocks in Spectrum Comm Inc.
  • Limited partnership in WBG, LLC
  • Limited partnership in Tre Equity
  • Limited partnership in JJB, LLC
  • Limited partnership in Shockhoe Commerce Group
  • Mutual funds in Fidelity 401k
  • Stocks and bonds in LPL Brokerage Account
  • Spectrum Comm Inc., owned by Wassmer or family
  • Tre Equity Group in Yorktown, owned by Wassmer or family
  • WBG, LLC in Norfolk, under Wassmer or family, owns residential rental property in Norfolk
  • JJB in Norfolk, under Wassmer or family, owns residential rental property in Norfolk
  • Owner of a fractional timeshare in South Lake Tahoe, California
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