RICHMOND, VA, 17 October 2017 – The Public Safety Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Finance will hold a meeting to receive a presentation from the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in Senate Subcommittee Room 3.
At the meeting, the Association will make the presentation originally scheduled to be given to representatives of the McAuliffe Administration on October 5. The Administration cancelled that meeting because a majority of Virginia’s sheriffs had endorsed Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie. As reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “McAuliffe’s office did not dispute...that the meeting was cancelled due to political feuding...”
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association does not endorse any candidates for elected office.
“Governor McAuliffe’s decision to cancel this meeting was an affront to Virginia’s law enforcement professionals,” noted Senator Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover), Chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee. “The cancellation of the McAuliffe Administration’s meeting with the Sheriffs’ Association was partisan, petulant, and shortsighted. The Public Safety Subcommittee is holding this meeting to give the Association an opportunity to make their presentation before a panel that will instrumental in crafting the Commonwealth’s next budget.”
The meeting of the Public Safety Subcommittee will be open to the public and media. Senate Subcommittee Room 3 is Room E500C on the fifth floor of the Pocahontas Building, 900 East Main Street, Richmond.