In addition, Shawn Williams will be replacing Janet Clarke as vice-chair. Clarke expressed a desire to no longer occupy that leadership position (a position in which she shares responsibility with Chairman York for the handling of the Donna Mateer complaint) near the end of the 2012 term.
What to make of this? While we can’t read the minds of the board members, the significance of the member ordinarily treated by his party like an elder statesman receiving zero committee assignments can’t be denied. Perhaps the spectacle of his combative participation in the November 20 Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee meeting made everyone a bit uncomfortable. During that meeting, Delgaudio loudly objected to proposed changes to the board’s policy prohibiting the use of county aides in their Supervisor’s campaign or private business, the very activities for which he is being investigated.
Or alternatively, perhaps Mr. Delgaudio’s colleagues have enough personal knowledge of his activities and the investigation into them that they wish to prepare for his removal from the board entirely.
As a minimum safeguard against conflict of interest, Real Advocate and other interested community members have asked that Mr. Delgaudio be removed from his committee assignments pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations against him. We see this shift as an encouraging sign of what his fellow board members expect that outcome to be.