Taking the Oath

Today, I officially began my service as one of Shenandoah County’s two Directors for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. Well, semi-officially. I’ve already sat in on several committee and board meetings, but it was today that I received my certificate of election and took the Oath of Office at the Shenandoah County Circuit Court. However, my term of office does not begin until January 1st, 2012. This is the oath that I took upon my late grandfather Roy Orndorff’s bible:

I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as a Director of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District according to the best of my ability.

Although this is an office that is often overlooked and rarely discussed, even by fanatic followers of local politics, I take my oath very seriously–which is why I wanted to share this with anyone who may happen to stumble upon or follow this blog. This is also the reason that I am using this blog as a source of information about my duties as a Director. I strongly believe that elected officials, regardless of the level or prominence of their office, have a duty to fully inform the public about the actions that they conduct on behalf of the people.

I am humbled by the support of Shenandoah County’s voters and look forward to my service on their behalf. I’ll be adding and updating information here over the next few days to reflect this new step on my life’s journey. Later tonight, I’ll also share some information about upcoming board activities.

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