In our democracy, government is of the people, by the people and for the people. That is why citizen participation in local government is so essential. Local government is the form of government closest to us in our everyday lives, and the one we are most able to influence. Advisory bodies play a very important role in county government.
If you are interested in serving on a county board, authority, commission, or committee ("BAC"), contact your Supervisor. Please be prepared to provide a current résumé. Download the brochure for a brief guide to BACs. Please note that certain members of BACs must file financial disclosure statements upon appointment, and annually thereafter.
Members of BACs must follow the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA). This act ensures that the people of the Commonwealth have ready access to public records in the custody of a public body or its officers and employees and free entry to meetings of bodies wherein the business of the people is being conducted. The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council is a state agency with expertise to help resolve disputes over VFOIA issues and provide guidance regarding VFOIA.
The following list includes the county's advisory bodies in alphabetical order. To learn more about a particular BAC, click on the applicable link below. For information on BACs that do not have web sites, or to determine which BACs have current vacancies, please contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 703-324-3151. The office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors provides administrative and legislative support to the Board of Supervisors.