The Arlington County Board
The five-member County Board is Arlington’s governing body and is vested with its legislative powers.
Elected at-large, Board members serve staggered four-year terms and include an annually rotating chair, who is the official County head and presides over Board meetings, and a vice chair, both of whom are elected at the annual January Organizational Meeting.
The chair and the vice chair have the same powers and duties as other Board members — a vote but no veto power. The chairman receives a $55,140 salary while the other Board members receive a $50,127 salary.
Although Board membership is “part time,” Board members spend many hours preparing for and attending Board meetings, meeting with citizens, responding to mail, researching issues and representing the County at local functions.
The County Board hires four positions:
- Clerk of the Board — Hope Halleck
- County Attorney — Stephen MacIsaac
- County Auditor — Dr. Chris Horton
- County Manager — Mark Schwartz
- Make County policy decisions that the County Manager administers (e.g., public safety, trash collection, parks and recreation, libraries, etc.)
- Make land use and zoning decisions within the limitations imposed by the Code of Virginia
- Set real estate, personal property and other tax rates
- Provides the County Manager with guidance for the Budget
- Reviews Manager recommendations and adopts annual budget
- Oversees transportation policies related to such issues as widening; narrowing; and repairing County streets, sidewalks and bicycle trails
- Responds to constituent concerns: email the County Board
- Appoint community members to citizen advisory groups (submit application)
- Appoint the County Manager, County Attorney, County Auditor and the Clerk to the County Board
- Serve on regional, statewide and national advisory groups and commissions, including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Virginia Association of Counties and National Association of Regional Councils.