The Board of Supervisors reorganized for the new year at its Jan. 9 meeting.
Mechanicsville Supervisor Canova Peterson was elected chairman, and Henry District Supervisor Sean Davis was elected vice chairman. Both men are beginning the second year of their first term on the board. Peterson was the 2012 vice chairman.
Before calling for nominations, the 2012 chairman, Ashland Supervisor Ed Via, shared a few words.
He first welcomed back Cold Harbor Supervisor Elton Wade, who had been out sick for the past few months, and then he launched into prepared remarks.
“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as chairman for 2012. With four new supervisors on the Board, we’ve moved through the year tackling many important issues and generating accomplishments,” Via said.
He listed several examples: maintaining Hanover County’s AAA bond rating, eliminating cash proffers, and lobbying against plans to install tolls along Interstate 95.
Via said the initial year is over for the four supervisors who took office at the start of 2012.
“No longer are there four new supervisors. We are all now seasoned supervisors working together in the best interests of the county.
“As we move forward looking at 2013, the economic downturn still impacts our county. Solid fiscal practices will remain a priority as we strive to maintain our level of services to the citizens of Hanover County,” he continued.
“I have the highest hopes and expectations for 2013, the Board of Supervisors, and the staff,” Via concluded.
South Anna Supervisor Wayne Hazzard nominated Peterson for chairman. No other names were brought forward. Peterson was elected with a 6-1 vote, with Chickahominy Supervisor Angela Kelly-Wiecek dissenting.
After turning the gavel over, Via nominated Davis for vice chairman. The board elected him with a unanimous vote.
Peterson commended Via’s service as chairman over the past year, particularly in leading a group that included four rookies.
“I don’t know what our new members would have done without you,” Peterson said, before moving into his opening remarks.
“There have been many fine men and women sitting in this chair before me who have set some great examples,” he said.
“All I can say is I’m going to do my best to follow the grand example of those people. …
“I will do my best to represent this board, and I thank all of you for your confidence, and more importantly, I’m going to represent the people of Hanover County in the best manner I can possibly do,” Peterson said.
Kelly-Wiecek thanked Davis for contacting her the previous day.
“I was happy to support him for vice chairman, primarily because he asked me for my vote, and I just want to publicly say that I appreciate the time you spent discussing issues with me yesterday,” she said.
“I look forward to a new year of good communication on this board and good leadership, and I want to thank you both and wish you good luck,” Kelly-Wiecek added.