The Prince William County Human Rights Commission has taken it upon themselves to review the resolution adopted by the Board of County Supervisors on July 10 at the behest of several fringe organizations and has been conducting unlawful hearings. Help Save Manassas testified before the Human Rights Commission on August 1st and alterted them to our concerns, which they summarily dismissed. The following day Help Save Manassas called on County Executive Craig Gerhart to halt these hearings, and issued a press release.
HELP SAVE MANASSAS
PO BOX 4191
MANASSAS, VA 20108
VIA ELECTRONIC DELIVERY
Mr. Craig Gerhart
1 County Court Complex
Prince William, Virginia, 22192
August 2nd, 2007
Dear Mr. Gerhart:
As you may be aware, the Prince William County Human Rights Commission has commenced hearings to review Resolution Number 07-609 adopted unanimously be the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on July 10th. We believe the Human Rights Commission lacks the statutory authority to hold these hearings and ask you to direct the Human Rights Commission to suspend these hearings until such time that they have a legitimate basis to be held, can receive proper public notice, and are for the purpose of furthering a legitimate power and purpose of the Human Rights Commission.
Last evening I had the opportunity to testify before the commission, and requested that they disclose the stated purpose of these hearings and their authority to conduct them. Their response to me was that these hearings are being held at your request in order to determine what public benefits the Human Rights Commission provides which may be restricted to legal residents and citizens pursuant to paragraph D of the resolution. Seeing that the Human Rights Commission provides no statutory public benefits to anyone, and the testimony elicited thus far has not at all been responsive to that stated purpose, it would appear that the Commission does not have a valid legal purpose or authority for conducting these hearings.
If alternatively it is the opinion of the County Executive that these hearings are being properly held, we would appreciate your providing citations from the County Code which would explain the following inconsistencies that we have observed:
We look forward to your prompt attention to this matter. Should Help Save Manassas not receive a response within fourteen (14) calendar days of this complaint, it is our intention to initiate legal action to compel the Human Rights Commission and Prince William County to halt these unlawful proceedings.
Very Truly Yours,
Help Save Manassas
cc: Corey Stewart