Governor Appoints Virginia Beach City Councilman Bob Dyer to New Local Government Task Force

Friday, September 23, 2011

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Virginia Beach City Councilman Bob Dyer to the newly-created Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review. The five-member task force will review state mandates imposed on localities and will recommend temporary suspension or permanent repeal of some mandates. Dyer helped create and serves on the Virginia Beach Process Improvement Committee, which is exploring ways to make city government more efficient.

“It is an honor to represent Virginia Beach on this new task force,” Dyer said. “For many years, cities in Virginia have suffered because of large, unfunded mandates from Richmond. It’s good to see Gov. McDonnell tackling this important issue. I’m certain this process will improve the finances of all cities and counties in the commonwealth, and their ability to provide valuable services.”

The governor appointed five members to the task force:
  • Bob Dyer, Virginia Beach City Council
  • Pat Herrity, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Shaun Kenney, Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors
  • Kimball Payne, Lynchburg City Manager
  • Joan E. Wodiska, Falls Church City School Board and President-elect of the Virginia School Boards Association

In announcing the appointments, Gov. McDonnell said, “I understand the challenge local governments face when trying to balance their budgets during complex financial times.  This difficulty is exacerbated when the state places burdensome mandates on localities.  As part of my continuing effort to support only justifiable and reasonable mandates on localities, I am pleased to create the Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review.  This group will identify mandates that are overly burdensome or unnecessary and recommend appropriate changes, providing relief to local governments.” 


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