Statement on the Retirement of Supervisor Gerry Hyland

Gerry Hyland

February 2, 2015
Contact: Bruce Neilson
(703) 725-6929

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Statement of Sue Langley, Chair, Fairfax County Democratic Committee
on the Retirement of Supervisor Gerry Hyland

On Saturday January 31, Supervisor Gerry Hyland of Mount Vernon District for the past 7 terms, announced his retirement when his current term ends in January, 2016.  Commenting on the retirement announcement, Sue Langley, Chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, said,

“We cannot thank Supervisor Hyland enough for his service to Mount Vernon and to Fairfax County. His achievements over 28 years of public service will be remembered for a much longer period of time, and his tireless devotion to the citizens of the Mount Vernon District will be difficult to replace.”
Over 28 years as Mount Vernon Supervisor, Gerry Hyland has:

  • Aggressively pursued road improvements and street repairs in the district, earning himself the nickname, “Mr. Pothole;”
  • Voted for the funds to educate our children and pay for full day kindergarten;
  • Supported tax relief for seniors;
  • Started a new farmers market in Lorton;
  • Insisted we expand rather than close the Mount Vernon Hospital;
  • Fought for increased police presence in our communities and schools;
  • Increased police patrols in the Richmond Highway corridor, significantly reducing the crime rate in the Mount Vernon area;
  • Created one of Fairfax County’s first dog parks;
  • Supported the creation of the Lorton Arts Center and Foundation;
  • Supported expanding the trails in Mount Vernon and the County;
  • Created a park and golf course in the Lorton community;
  • Maintained a close relationship with the Fort Belvoir Garrison Command to ensure community engagement with the base.  This relationship proved critical during the recent BRAC expansion;
  • In his most recent winning fight, supported the community in closing the Lorton Landfill.

Supervisor Hyland’s retirement results in another open seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the 2015 fall election. Chair Sue Langley indicated that the Fairfax Democrats would aggressively fight to hold this seat and to take the Sully District seat that has opened with the retirement of Supervisor Michael Frey.  She stated that she was very satisfied with the abundance of quality candidates running for these seats.

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