2023 Rules of Procedure of the Board of Supervisors

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Chesterfield in accordance with Section 3.4 of the County Charter that the following rules of procedure shall govern the conduct of meetings and work sessions of the Board of Supervisors.

  1. Presiding Officer
  2. Meetings
  3. Voting
  4. Motions
  5. Agenda
  6. Order of Business
  7. Consent Agenda & Hearings
  8. Citizen Comment Period
  9. Minutes of Meeting
  10. Zoning
  11. Appointments
  12. Committees
  13. Amendment/ Suspension of Rules
  14. Sergeant at Arms

Presiding Officer

Section 1a

The Board's parliamentary procedures shall conform with law and the historical practices of the Board of Supervisors. The County Attorney shall act as parliamentarian to the Board. To the extent necessary to address any ambiguities in procedure, the County Attorney may consider the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, a Manual of General Parliamentary Law for guidance. Any questions involving the application of rules of procedure or the interpretation of Robert’s Rules shall be decided by the County Attorney.

Section 1b

The chair or, in the absence of the chair, the vice chair, or in their absence the most senior member of the Board alphabetically, shall preside at all meetings of the Board, and on the appearance of a quorum, shall call the meeting to order. Once the meeting is called to order, the Board shall then proceed with its business.

Section 1c

The presiding officer shall preserve order and decorum. The presiding officer may speak, make motions and vote on all questions, and shall decide questions of order and procedure. The chair may set reasonable time limits for speakers and public hearings; provided that by majority vote the Board may reject such time limits.