About the Board of Supervisors


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County Government Structure

Fairfax County has an elected Board of Supervisors consisting of nine members elected by district, plus a chairman elected at-large. The law requires that districts be of approximately equal population and that the supervisors (other than the chairman) be residents and qualified voters of their districts and be elected only by voters living in those districts. All voters in the county may vote for the chairman. The Board elects the vice chairman annually from among its members at its first meeting in January.

Board members are elected for four-year terms. There is no legal limit to the number of terms a member can serve. Each Board member, including the chairman, receives annual compensation of $75,000 per year. This amount was set on April 24, 2006, effective January 1, 2008; this rate remains in effect through December 31, 2015.

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Responsibilities of the Board

The Board establishes county government policy, passes resolutions and ordinances (within the limits of its authority established by the Virginia General Assembly), approves the budget, sets local tax rates, approves land use plans and makes appointments to various positions. These actions are taken in open meetings, which residents are encouraged to attend. All discussions are held in public, with the exception of issues exempt by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, such as legal or personnel issues.

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Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Terms Expire Dec. 31, 2015

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