Supervisor Traczyk to lead Warren County board

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County supervisors kicked off the New Year by picking an outgoing, longtime member as their leader.

The Board of Supervisors elected Supervisor Richard Traczyk to serve as chairman for his last year in office. The board took the action during its organizational meeting Tuesday. Traczyk represents the Shenandoah District and made it known last year that he would not seek re-election to a fourth term.

Past Chairman Daniel Murray Jr. made the motion to elect Traczyk to the seat.

“He’s put his heart and soul in Warren County and this will be his last year in public service and his one request was that he could go out as chair,” Murray said.

The board then voted to re-elect Supervisor Linda Glavis as vice chairwoman. Glavis represents the South River District.

Traczyk called his 20 years of public service “an interesting and fun ride.” The supervisor mentioned in a statement that the board had, in this time, worked together to build new schools, attract more dining and shopping opportunities, industries and jobs, a library, recreational amenities and the public safety building, as well as improvements to roads in the Shenandoah Farms neighborhood. Traczyk added that the board faces more challenges in the near future.

Traczyk took office Jan. 1, 2004, and served as chairman in 2006 and 2007. The Fairfield, Connecticut native worked for E.I. DuPont Co. in that city before his transfer to Front Royal in 1980 to help start up a plant in Warren County. Traczyk retired from Dupont in 2000. He served on the Planning Commission for 7 1/2 years before joining the Board of Supervisors.

Glavis, a Warren County native and longtime resident of the South River District, worked as the director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Warren and Rappahannock County offices and then in different positions for the agency in Washington, D.C. Glavis retired in 1996.

Also at the meeting, supervisors:

• Adopted a resolution put forth by Glavis to display the U.S. motto “In God We Trust” in the county government center board room. Page County supervisors adopted a similar resolution in mid December. “In God We Trust” became the national motto on July 30, 1956. The Warren County resolution states that the words “have been a profound source of strength and guidance to many generations of Americans” and “the County desires to display this patriotic motto in the Board room as a way to solemnize public occasions and express confidence in our society.”

• Awarded an annual contract with Adams-Nelson & Associates for real-estate broker services to the county.

• Accepted a bid and awarded a contract for the purchase of a tractor with a front-end loader for the county transfer station.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com