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Spotsy supervisors appoint conservative delegate to deputy county administrator job
Date published: 12/12/2012
Republican Del. Mark Cole, a leading conservative voice in the Virginia House of Delegates, has been hired as Spotsylvania County's deputy county administrator.
The county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved his appointment Tuesday night after interviewing finalists Monday.
Three supervisors--Ann Heidig, Timothy McLaughlin and Paul Trampe--disclosed that they had received campaign contributions from Cole. All were elected last year on conservative platforms.
Cole, 54, will start the job Jan. 2, seven days before the start of the General Assembly session. He will make $125,000 annually, about $25,000 less than the previous deputy county administrator. He plans to continue to serve as a delegate, but said he told supervisors he would keep politics separate from his full-time job. "It's totally separate from my day-to-day job and they understood that, and I believe they wanted it that way, too," he said.
Cole said he doesn't think the General Assembly session will interfere with his job, saying he can work nights and weekends and telecommute--which he often did in his previous job. "You don't necessarily have to be in the office [in Spotsylvania] to get work done anymore," he said.
Cole served as a Spotsylvania supervisor from 2000 until 2002 with current Supervisors Benjamin Pitts and Emmitt Marshall. "We didn't always agree on issues, but we all got along pretty well," Cole said.
He was elected to represent Spotsylvania in the General Assembly in 2002 on a "no taxes" campaign. He has also made efforts to eliminate or scale back the Business, Professional and Occupational License tax.
Those fiscally conservative views appealed to like-minded supervisors. "He's one that I would trust to watch out for the taxpayer," said Trampe, who said he has donated to Cole's campaigns.
Heidig called him a "good fiscal conservative" and cited his state and local government experience.
Cole is also conservative on social issues. This year he sponsored a controversial bill that would have barred the use of state money for poor women to abort fetuses that could be born severely or fatally disabled. It failed.