The excitement will only build from now until the evening of Monday, Jan. 4, when the Arlington County Board will unveil its new chair for 2021.
Odds favor Matt de Ferranti rotating into the slot, supplanting Libby Garvey, but one never knows until the votes are cast. (The 2020 vice chair, Erik Gutshall, died in the spring; board members did not appoint a vice chair to fill out the remainder of the year.)
The gathering – to be held “virtually” as Arlington has not followed the lead of several surrounding jurisdictions in resuming at least occasional in-person government meetings – starts at 6 p.m. and will be available for viewing on the Arlington government’s Website (www.arlingtonva.us), cable channel and Facebook page.
At the meeting, the five board members will lay out their priorities for the coming year. A number of procedural and administrative votes will be taken, although regular business will not be transacted until the body reconvenes for its monthly meeting on Jan. 23.
County Board members for generations held organizational meetings on New Year’s Day, but that tradition fell out of favor with current board members and has not occurred for several years. As a result, the meeting has become less of a festive event and more a workmanlike experience.
Jan. 1 also marks the start of the new four-year term of any board members re-elected the previous November. As Garvey (who has served since 2012) won a new term, there will be no new faces on the body.
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