The Campbell County Board of Supervisors is currently considering the future release of a resolution in response to Governor Northam’s recent executive order placing new limits on in-person gatherings and creating stricter enforcement measures and mask requirements.
County Supervisor and Concord District Representative Matt Cline said he could not discuss the specifics of such a resolution as nothing has been finalized, but said the county is considering such a measure because of Northam’s latest orders regarding the pandemic. Northam’s recent orders are enforceable by the Virginia Department of Health. In some cases violations can be treated as Class one misdemeanors.
“This resolution, as it is being drafted, will stand up to Governor Northam,” Cline said.
A sample resolution has been released by a group called Virginia Constitutional Conservatives and circulated by local media. It is reportedly the basis for resolutions currently being considered by Campbell, Bedford and Appomattox Counties.
The resolution created by Virginia Constitutional Conservatives includes provisions ordering the sheriff of a given county not to enforce aspects of Northam’s recent executive orders under penalty of funding cuts, and ordering the commonwealth attorney of a given county not to prosecute certain violations of Northam’s recent executive orders, also under penalty of funding cuts.
“I am not a fan of that language,” Cline said about the sample resolution that was issued by Virginia Constitutional Conservatives. “I don’t think it helps the Board of Supervisors to order the Sheriff to do anything.”
Cline said he disagrees with any approach that twists the arm of either the sheriff or the commonwealth attorney, and that any such provisions will likely not be included in any resolutions that are officially adopted by the county.
County Supervisor and Sunburst District Representative Steve Shockley said he thinks the enforcement of Northam’s recent executive orders are a form of overreach. He said he hopes any resolution(s) ultimately adopted by Campbell County will serve as a signal to state officials.
“I think if enough counties speak up, come together, let Richmond know how we feel about it, you hope that will put pressure on our legislators here in the county to stand up—for Steve Newman, Kathy Bower and Matt Fariss to go up to Richmond and voice the concerns of their constituents here in their counties,” Shockley said.
Both Cline and Shockley said they are troubled by the latest COVID-19 restrictions and the way they are being enforced.
Cline said the Board of Supervisors may discuss a resolution at their next meeting on December 1.