According to a news release posted on the Loudoun County website, the Circuit Court of Loudoun County has appointed Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theophani Stamos as a special prosecutor in the matter of alleged misconduct by Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman made the request on the basis of documentary support for the allegations that were given to Board Chairman Scott York in April by Delgaudio’s former staff aide Donna Mateer. That material had not been previously shared with either Plowman or Stamos, who had earlier been asked by Plowman to review Mateer’s complaint against her former employer “as a courtesy.” At the time, Stamos responded that the complaint alone did not provide enough evidence to justify further investigation.
In her complaint, Mateer alleged that Delgaudio mistreated staff and instructed her to engage in political fundraising while being paid by the county.
Plowman, in his motion before the court, asserts that the appointment of a special prosecutor is necessary because “the subject matter of the allegations, the individuals surrounding the complaint, and those that may be witnesses are County employees, prominent members of the community or elected members of the Board of Supervisors.”
Mateer’s allegations were first brought to light by a Washington Post article in late September.
Earlier coverage of this developing story is here.