At its public hearing on Tuesday, July 10, the Herndon Town Council will vote on a resolution to appoint Richard B. Kaufman as a councilmember to fill a vacancy on the current council. The vacancy was created following the death of Councilmember Jeff Davidson in April 2018.
A longtime town resident, Kaufman served as Herndon’s town attorney from 1994 until his retirement in 2015. During his tenure, Kaufman advised the Town Council on legislative issues; moved resolutions, ordinances, leases, franchise agreement and contracts through the town’s legislative process; and provided consultation on issues before the Virginia General Assembly that impacted the town. His legal counsel on topics ranging from town boundaries to economic development guided the Town Councils under which he served, and he earned respect throughout his career from his legal peers throughout the Commonwealth. He was active in several organizations, including the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. and the Virginia Municipal League.
Kaufman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College, a Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University.
If Kaufman is appointed, his term on the council will begin at on July 11 and will conclude on Dec. 31, 2018, at the end of the current council’s term. A new Town Council will take office on Jan. 1, 2018. Election Day in the Town of Herndon is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.