Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

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The six-member Board of Supervisors ("the Supervisors", "the Board", or the "BoS") is the highest decision-making body in Albemarle County.

Each board member is elected from one of the county's six magisterial districts. Supervisors are elected for four-year terms, staggered at two-year intervals, so that only three Supervisors are up for re-election at any given time.

The next election is in November 2023.


Current membership

The current members of the Board of Supervisors, serving terms ending in 2025 or 2027 are:

Price became chair on January 5, 2022. [1] Ned Gallaway served as chair 2019 through 2021. [2] [3]

This comprises six Democrats on the Board of Supervisors.

Former Members

Main article: List of Albemarle Supervisors

Also See articles related to former members of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors


The current Board of Supervisors annual salary is $16,972. The chair receives a yearly stipend of $1,800. The vice chair receives $35 for every meeting he or she chairs. [4]

The practice of Supervisors receiving compensation dates back to August 19, 1936 when the Board passed a resolution allowing themselves to be paid for their service on the Board. Everyone except the Chair would receive $300 a year while the Chair would receive $500 a year. Earlier that summer, Supervisors had asked Judge Lemuel F. Smith for an opinion on whether they could vote to pay themselves. They had also asked Smith to set their salary, but he explained he had no authority under state law to do so. [5]


The Chair presides over meetings, calls special meetings, and serves as the ceremonial head of government. The Vice Chair substitutes whenever the Chair is unavailable. While the Chair has no more power than any other Supervisor, the position carries with it the ability to set the agenda and conduct the public meetings.

See also: List of former chairs of the Board of Supervisors.


Duties of the Board include:

  • Approving the budget as prepared by staff.

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Meetings and contact


The Board meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, with each regular meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. with public hearings held at 6:00 p.m. The Board generally meets in Lane Auditorium but occasionally holds work sessions in Room 241. The beginning of regular meetings features a time when member of the public can make a comment to the supervisors. The board allows people to sign up for speaking slots online as well.

All meetings are virtual during the COVID-19 Emergency. Video-streams of meetings have been available since November 2015.

Tie breaker

With six members, there is frequently the possibility of a 3-3 stalemate. These have been dealt with in many ways.

In May 1921, the board was temporarily down to 6 members following the death of James W. Early. A vote over a $500 appropriation resulted in a 3-3 tie which was resolved a month later by a court-appointed temporary replacement.[6]

In January 2013, the board opted not to pursue adding a seventh member.[7]

External links


  1. Web. Albemarle Co. Board of Supervisors elect Donna Price as Chair, Rachel Hirschheimer, News Article, WVIR NBC29, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 5 2022, retrieved January 6, 2022.
  2. Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chairs re-elected, clerks reappointed, Michael Caldwell, News Article, CBS19, January 6, 2021, retrieved February 6, 2021.
  3. Web. Gallaway will again serve as supervisors chair; County to consider amending development fees, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 3, 2021, retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. Web. Sec. 2-202 - Compensation of the Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, County Code, Municode, retrieved February 6, 2021.
  5. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, August 19, 1936, retrieved February 11, 2023.
  6. Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors minutes for June 15, 1921, County of Albemarle, retrieved December 7, 2011.
  7. Web. Albemarle chairmanship vote stalls for third year, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 9 Jan 2013, retrieved 10 July 2013.