Youngkin vetoes the Arlington Co Police Oversight Bill

Virginia Gov. Glenn Young on Tuesday vetoed his administration’s first veto – a bill to oversee police from the Arlington County Attorney’s Office.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Young on Tuesday vetoed his administration’s first veto – a bill to oversee police from the Arlington County Attorney’s Office.

HB 670sponsored by Democrat Democrat Patrick Hope, would allow the county council to appoint an independent police auditor.

The county civilian police audit board could delegate authority to auditors who would serve to the delight of the supervisory board.

The current law says that such an auditor is hired by the head of the district.

In his statement, Yangkin repeatedly said that the auditor would be “politically appointed” and that the bill would transfer “unilateral and broad powers” into the hands of “a single person appointed directly by the governing body.”

He also said that since law enforcement officers are prohibited from being members of the supervisory board, the auditor will be appointed without the help of police. He called it “an unjustified burden for those who protect and serve society.”

In a statement, Hope said that “due to a lack of our charter, Arlington is the only town whose governing board requires the clear permission of the General Assembly for hire.”

He added: “In my 13 years of service, I never remember the governor vetoing a local bill on the Charter. To say that I am disappointed that the governor would have used his veto power over the Charter bill to make the wrong political statement is to say nothing. ”

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