ARCHIVE: Stories, video and photos on the Gloucester Board of Supervisors controversy

In July 2008, Gloucester Supervisors Teresa Altemus, Michelle Ressler, Bobby Crewe and Gregory Woodard were accused of conducting county business in secret and other misdemeanors. They then faced a petition drive aimed at removing them from office. Charges were later dismissed, and the petitions were rejected on a technicality. A judge then ordered the Gloucester 40 to pay $80,000 in sanctions for misusing the legal system. The citizens are appealing to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Gloucester 40 representatives to make presentation to state Board of Elections

3:32 PM EDT, April 25, 2011

Gloucester 40 representatives to make presentation to state Board of Elections

Members of the Gloucester 40 will be asking the Virginia Board of Elections to consider adopting a petition form available in every Voter Registrar's Office in the state that will be a guide to removing officials voted into office. Arnold Nye, a member of the Gloucester 40, said the group is scheduled to meet with the Board of Elections at its meeting Friday morning. Nye and 39 other Gloucester residents sought to remove four Gloucester supervisors from office in 2008 but had their petitions for removal thrown out on technicalities. The 40 Gloucester residents were also assessed sanctions of $2,000 apiece by a judge, though those sanctions were overturned earlier this year by the Virginia Supreme Court.

12:01 PM EDT, March 30, 2010

Va. Supreme Court says it wants to hear Gloucester 40 case

An appeal of a judge's ruling against 40 Gloucester citizens will be heard by the Virginia Supreme Court. The court has notified Steve Emmert, the attorney for the 40 citizens, that the case will be heard. Emmert had been scheduled to argue why the court should take the case before a writ panel of the Supreme Court on Wednesday. That now is unnecessary because the full court will hear it. "That is very good news," Emmert said of the court's decision.

10:07 PM EST, December 21, 2009


Legal bills still piling up in Gloucester

The county is paying another $4,700 to attorneys who successfully stopped an attempt on Nov. 9 by Gloucester citizen David Peebles to obtain an injunction to halt payment of $343,000 in legal bills rung up by four supervisors.

11:22 PM EST, December 17, 2009


Good times ahead for Gloucester supervisors? Maybe not

A new year is two weeks away and with it a fresh start for the Board of Supervisors, who will get two new members.

Attorneys get a blank check to defend Gloucester supervisors

10:37 PM EST, December 5, 2009


Attorneys get a blank check to defend Gloucester supervisors

A vote by four county supervisors in the early morning hours of Nov. 5 that required Gloucester County to immediately pay $343,000 in legal fees they had accrued resulted in virtually no oversight or scrutiny of the enormous bills.

December 6, 2009

The story so far in Gloucester

Gloucester timeline

• Nov. 6, 2007: Newcomers Bobby Crewe and Gregory Woodard join incumbents Michelle Ressler and Christian "Buddy" Rilee in winning election to the Gloucester Board of Supervisors. They join incumbent Teresa Altemus and are expected to form a new majority voting bloc against Rick Allen and Louise Theberge.

11:09 PM EST, November 9, 2009

Judge rejects request for injunction to block Gloucester payments

GLOUCESTER — A visiting judge declined Monday to block a motion passed last week by the Board of Supervisors that calls for the county to pay $343,000 in legal fees for four Board members.

Gloucester supervisors stick taxpayers with $343,000 legal bill

November 6, 2009

Gloucester supervisors stick taxpayers with $343,000 legal bill

GLOUCESTER — Four members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted early Wednesday morning to spend $343,000 in taxpayer funds to pay legal bills they incurred over the past two years.

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