Posted on: February 7, 2018

Stafford Appoints Interim George Washington District Supervisor



The Stafford Board of Supervisors announces the appointment of Thomas C. Coen as Interim George Washington District Supervisor. Mr. Coen was sworn in today, February 7, 2018. The seat was vacated by former Supervisor, Robert “Bob” Thomas, Jr., who is now a Delegate in the Virginia House of Delegates. Mr. Coen will serve as interim supervisor until the Board holds a special election in November to fill the remainder of the George Washington District term. The winner of the special election will be sworn in after the election.

“We had seven very qualified applicants who were willing to step up and serve us during this time of transition. We are very grateful for their interest,” said Tom-CoenChairman of the Board of Supervisors Meg Bohmke. “After much discussion interviews with the three most qualified candidates, we have decided to appoint Tom Coen, based on Mr. Coen’s prior experience with Stafford County with the Planning Commission and other boards and commissions in the county as well as with the schools, where he is a U.S. Government teacher at Colonial Forge High School. Mr. Coen has demonstrated a dedication to the community and an understanding of our challenges and goals.”

At its January 23, 2018, meeting, the Stafford Board of Supervisors, pursuant to Virginia Code § 24.2-226, authorized a special election to fill the George Washington District seat. The special election will be held on the same day as the general election, Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The winner of the special election will serve out the remaining term of the George Washington District supervisor’s seat, which ends on December 31, 2019. Virginia Code § 24.2-228 requires the Board to appoint an interim supervisor for the George Washington District seat within 45 days of the vacancy occurring.

Candidates were asked to submit a completed application package by noon on Friday, February 2, 2018. The application package required a resume, a Board Bank Application, a Certificate of Candidate Qualifications, and a letter of interest which addressed the following three questions:

  • Why are you seeking an appointment with the Board?
  • What involvement have you had within the Stafford community?
  • What leadership qualifications do you possess?

There were seven (7) applications submitted from the persons listed below: 

  • Thomas C. Coen
  • Anthony “Tony” DeTora
  • Robert C. Duke, Jr.
  • Jerry “J. C.” Hall
  • Susan C. Henderson
  • Gordon Silver
  •  John C. Van Hoy

At its Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board selected three candidates for interviews:

  • Thomas C. Coen
  • Anthony “Tony” DeTora
  • Gordon Silver

Selected candidates were interviewed by the Board of Supervisors during the closed session today at a Special Board Meeting. The Board agreed to evaluate the candidates on specific criteria: prior service to Stafford County on committees, board and commissions; their financial knowledge and career expertise; their ability to work with others; their engagement in community organizations; the length of time they’ve spent in the George Washington District and Stafford County; their leadership positions; and other factors.

The Board voted immediately following the interviews to appoint Thomas C. Coen.

Mr. Coen has served on the Stafford Planning Commission for four years and is the former chairman. He was also a member of the Stafford County Public Schools Capital Improvement Plan Advisory Committee and has been a U.S. Government teacher at Colonial Forge High School since 1998. He has also coordinated Student Government Day with the Board of Supervisors and Stafford Government for seniors in Stafford high schools for 17 years. Mr. Coen has a Master of Arts in Political Science from American Military University, a Master of Arts from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Government from Suffolk University.



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