At 1:00am this morning a drunken Shawn Williams pushed his way into his neighbor’s house and assaulted him. Sheriff deputies arrived and Williams was placed under arrested. Williams was charged with unlawful entry and assault. Williams spent the night in jail and is expected to be released today.
In February The Bull Elephant called for Williams to resign when we learned of his past abuse of a girlfriend, assault on a neighbor, and four DUI charges. Williams insisted he had reformed, and the Board of Supervisors refused to call for his resignation from the board. In March we again called for his resignation. Although Williams withdrew his bid for Chairman of the Board, he refused to resign from the board and his close friend Chairman Scott York refused to call for his resignation. Williams is currently serving as the Treasurer of Scott York’s independent campaign for Chairman for the Board. Williams was allowed to continue serving on the Board of Supervisors, representing the Broad Run district, and serving on York’s campaign, long after it was obvious to everyone that Williams had some very serious problems.
Finally, Chairman York has asked Williams to step down from the board:
“This morning, I was advised that Supervisor Shawn Williams was arrested for an alcohol related incident at or near his home and was taken into custody by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office,” York wrote. “Unfortunately, it has become clear that Supervisor Williams has a serious substance abuse problem. At this time, I believe that he should focus full time on getting the help that he needs. While the Board does not have the authority to remove him from office, I am asking Supervisor Williams to resign his position on the Board of Supervisors effectively immediately.”
It is not clear if Williams will also be asked to step down as Chairman York’s campaign treasurer.
We have heard from reliable sources that Williams has lost (or resigned) his day job at Sprint although that has not yet been confirmed. His LinkedIn profile shows him still being employed by Sprint.
More details on the story here. The Washington Post has covered the story here, filed under “Public Safety.”
UPDATE: According to the Loudoun Times Mirror, Shawn Williams has now resigned from the Board of Supervisors. The process for his replacement on the board is as follows:
Under Virginia Code Section 24.2-228, the remaining members of the Board of Supervisors may appoint a replacement board member within 45 days of the vacancy. While an appointed board member typically serves until a special election can be held, in this case, under Virginia Code Section 24.2-226, no special election will be held because the general election occurs within 60 days of the end of the term to be filled. Therefore, if the Board makes an appointment to fill the remainder of Mr. Williams’ term in 2015, no special election is required and the appointed board member may serve until the person elected as the Broad Run District Supervisor in the general election takes office on January 1, 2016.
More from Loudoun government office, here.
The customary practice is for the board to appoint the candidate running in the district. That would be Broad Run candidate Ron Meyer.
Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s statement on Shawn Williams here.
I swear I heard Shawn Williams singing Webb Pierce’s He’s in the jailhouse now!
[…] Loudoun Supervisor Shawn Williams Jailed For Assault […]
Good for Ron, he just announced he won’t accept an appointment. Wants to win it on his own.
[…] Wild speculation is everywhere as to who, if anyone, the remaining board members will appoint to replace him. We have some solid info on that, but will keep it to ourselves, other than to say it will not be anyone currently running for office. […]
Wow. Sometimes, Loudoun politics are sooooo interesting!
Yup. They don’t call us the wild, wild, west for nothing!
They’ve called it LoCo for a long time, and yes, with good reason. The “wild, wild west” is a fraction of the population in the rural policy area, with many new residents like Jeanine who adopt the attitude of some existing residents out there (not all, thankfully) that Loudoun is their own private county, and everyone else exists at their pleasure
Give it a break. Fairfax calls Loudoun the ‘wild, wild, west’ for good reason. It has NOTHING to do with the rural area of Loudoun or where I live. Sheeze. You are a one note wonder and that note was played 15 years ago. Tune into something new.
lol Jeanine! You’re confirming that you’re speaking TO Fairfax (and other places), as the voice of Loudoun, which would surprise an awful lot of Loudoun.
It would surprise no one that I spend time in Fairfax and often post on Fairfax issues. Haven’t you noticed? I love it that you believe I am “the voice of Loudoun” but that would come as a surprise to many people in Loudoun! It certainly isn’t anything I would claim!
Agree Jim! Although,the PWC Republican committee also has a cast of characters that made the Ashley Madison list.
Did anyone call for his resignation other than the Bull Elephant? Did any of the supervisors speak out?
Some of the current supervisors have sent out messages calling for or supporting the resignation of Shawn Williams. It’s noteworthy that the Democrat candidate for Broad Run supervisor has not made a peep.
Other than Eugene Delgaudio, I don’t recall any other supervisor calling for Williams resignation.
Other Supervisors aren’t allowed to go against what Scott York decries.
A bully is always a bully just more belligerent when drunk. This was the hand picked puppet by York to take over the chair. Bad judgment and more spending goes hand in hand with Williams and York!
Indeed! Scott York chose Shawn Williams as his candidate to run for Chairman. And even after York knew about Shawn’s background and numerous arrests, he chose him to be his campaign Treasurer! Terrible judgement.
Not familiar with Loudoun politics. Why is York so loyal to Williams? Are they of the same faith?
Mr Williams appears to be a detriment to any and all campaigns.
No, they are not the same faith, but they are good friends. York seemed to be something of a mentor to Williams. York is chairman of the board and he chose Williams to be his vice chair. York runs the Loudoun county board and Shawn was one of the board members who was always very supportive of York. Shawn and a few of the other board members are always very happy to go along with whatever York wants done.
Thank you Jeanine!
According to today’s Wash Post, Williams has 9 criminal offenses since 2001. So the latest felony assault charge was the trigger for York to ask for his resignation? What about the other public record of criminal activity?
Despicable coming from someone who preaches the rule of law to others.
Chairman York decided the Board would ignore all of Williams’ previous offenses. Many people thought Williams should step down back in the winter when we first wrote about all of us arrests. But York said no and the rest of the board went along with it as they always do.
What’s wrong with Loudoun County Republicans? Why do you choose such scummy people for your Board of Supervisors Republican candidates? And then they go on and somehow win the general election…??
Dang that pesky Republican loyalty oath thingy! Republicans in the Loudoun County Republican Committee are now BOUND by their Committee’s Party Plan which is itself constrained by the State Party Plan to ONLY support the Republican candidate for office – no matter how low-life he may turn out to be!! Tsk..
York is not a Republican. He is running as an Independent. When Williams last ran for office, we had no idea how ‘scummy’ he was/is.
Thanks for clarifying that about York’s party affiliation.
Still if Williams did NOT resign – the same situation prevails – Republicans would be BOUND to vote for him. The loyalty oath and that stipulation in the Republican bylaws is problematic.
Connie, Williams is not a candidate for office. When everyone learned of the problems with Shawn, the GOP nominated a different candidate.
Kinda rhetoricy — it’s not a loyalty oath — and nothing bounds anyone to vote for anything. If one is going to play in the Republican sandbox, one should at least publicly claim to be a Republican (which means you intend to support a Republican) — because theoretically the party seeks out, recruits, and ‘supports’ the best candidate for the job.
You mean the statement of intent? That is just one of those leftover relics like a marriage vow — don’t worry, many so-called Republicans will just Ashley Madison their way around it.
it is reported in the actual press that Williams pushed his way into a home, and shoved someone during a dispute, and would be released today (probably already is). He has resigned. Actually, the common practice is not to appoint a candidate, but to appoint the Planning Commissioner. If I were Mr. Meyer, the last thing I would want hung on my neck in the last two months of what looks like a successful campaign is to receive the office in advance from the “all Republican (insert pejorative here) Board”, even if only temprarily.
I realize this is an absolute godsend to this site–do any of you realize, in your gleeful trashtalk, what a godsend it is to the Dems too?
In your glee to criticize me and this blog, do you actually read the posts here? It would appear not. According to three people on the BOS, it is the common practice to appoint the candidate in the district to fill the remaining months of the Supervisor’s term.
Have you actually checked out the Democrat candidate in Broad Run? There is no way he would win, regardless of Shawn Williams’ actions.
Jeanine, your math serves you as well as it does in any convention you’ve declared a certainty–it’s a 9 member Bos, and 8 will be voting. Three is not a majority of either. It has happened quite rarely that an office needs to be filled, through resignation, incapacitation or death, and candidate is not the norm, nor should it be. The statute says “any qualified voter” of the district, true. But making what looks like an assumptive choice may only look good to someone who has a general policy of assumption (and vilifying anyone who dissents–lol). The PC of the district at least has a record of familiarity with many issues, and a track record of voting on them, along with that added political benefit of NOT actively seeking the office.
I’m quite familiar with the candidate who moved to run in BR–he’s a poster child for everything wrong with progressives. That said, why hand him and the Dems a club to use in every race (yes, I understand this is an ideal club to use on York–and the fact that it is you using it again does little or nothing to actually HELP Charlie)?
All 8 members of the board will vote to replace Williams with Ron Meyer.
Your knowledge of Loudoun county politics is approximately 10 years out of date.
all 8 will vote. You ARE correct about that.
Does the Board know you have said it, thus it shall be? *snicker*
I’ll wait and see, thanks
That’s how it works across the Commonwealth. Of course Scott York decides how things work in Loudoun and since he just lost is his best bud on the board, who knows what he’ll do?
wake up Jeanine–new info out there, re your unanimous vote.
(“that’s how it works across the commonwealth”–what, you speak, and it is so? lol–seriously, I posted a link below–Ron Meyer said getting the appointment in advance would have him running on what was in effect a tainted ballot. Smart guy, and correct)
Surely even you can see a few inches below the surface.
If you could see beyond your own mirror, you might see a lot of things before you proclaim preferred images as fact
Ladies, ladies as one of my favorites use to say Let’s get it on!
She will never, ever stop. She lives for this, pathetic as that may be.
Oh let’s actually try to use some of the benefits of being the majority party (unlike the Washington custom of abdicating leadership) and let Ron test drive the seat.
And as far as Dems, they help to pick out our nominees, the least we can do is try to better inform them.
Jeanine needs to update her post–Ron issued a statement saying he wants to run on a clean ballot, and does not want to be considered for the interim post–it would taint things, and he’s right to say so.
maybe she’s on the phone right now, telling him no, he has 8 votes?
No, I spoke with him yesterday. I am aware of what is transpiring and why. It’s wrong, but I’m not in charge, Scott York is, as always.
Oh puh-leeze I’d expect less PC posturing from Ron but I guess it gives the warm fuzzies to some demographic. I would have encouraged Ron to skew less pompous and think about the district and how they are being screwed from being represented by a thug to someone, anyone who allegedly wouldn’t care as much as Ron — but I guess he’s much too fine a person to step up when the district needed someone. Oh, and I suggest sympathizing and praying for the victims first. But I guess it best that empty gestures also be politically correct.
Heaven forbid the BOS appear to be favoring one of their own! This board does seem to enjoy abdicating all leadership to Scott York. We have to hope that he handles Williams’ replacement the way it is handled across the state and appoint the candidate who is running for the seat. It’s a no brainer for all but the brainless.
Please cite the statute or policy Jeanine–bearing in mind that the word “candidate” can mean proposed candidate to fill the spot in question, and not candidate running in the contested election two months from now.
Brainless might describe casting a pall over every candidate on the ballot, for the sake of the preferred ends of one small group with a grudge.
Again, as I said before, do you think this will HELP Charlie?
Or is your little clot of the opinion that having Phyllis win will somehow teach everyone to better obey you in future?
Good luck with that, it’s been going great so far.
It takes a scumbag to stick by a scumbag; we are known by the company we keep. Yeah, Chairman York – you go and blame Williams’ serious character flaws, low morals and finally violent criminal behavior on “substance abuse problem” — THAT’s the ticket!! And then act all concerned that he get, “the help that he needs.”
Chairman York, how about worrying about the well-being of Williams’ neighbor (and I assume one of YOUR constituents) – you know the guy Williams ASSAULTED after Williams BROKE INTO his home?!? But then you brazenly minimize Williams’ CRIMINAL ASSAULT and BREAKING and ENTERING into another person’s home as, “an alcohol related incident”. No wonder you two are friends – you both have no honor.
Chairman York – you have repeatedly used YOUR ELECTED OFFICE to shield this THUG.
Neither Williams nor York belong in public office. Williams belongs in jail.
Barbara Comstock’s endorsement, from Shawn Williams’ web page:
Vice Chairman Supervisor Shawn Williams has my full support to be Loudoun County’s next
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Shawn is committed to conservative governance by
keeping taxes low, reducing burdensome regulations, investing in education and
transportation solutions, and bringing new jobs to Loudoun. He has demonstrated exceptional
leadership and dedication to public service as a U.S. Marine and veteran, as a community
volunteer, and as a Supervisor. Shawn understands Loudoun thrives first and foremost by
having a healthy economy that enables Loudoun to be the #1 place to live, work, raise a
family and start a business. As Chairman of the Board, Shawn will continue to bring that ‘can
do’ spirit and determination to keeping Loudoun thriving.
Barbara Comstock, Congresswoman, 10th District
She sure can pick them!
Comstock’s primary choices this year were terrible. First Shawn Williams for chairman, then one of the most unpopular people in Fairfax county, Brian Schoeneman, and lastly the Loudoun sheriff who won the nomination by a mere 5 votes.
As well as her choices for a primary