Lessons in governing Irvington to continue

by Jackie Nunnery

IRVINGTON—Town attorney Nancyellen Keane on January 9 held a special workshop for the members of the Irvington Town Council, with a few residents in attendance, to explain how the town gets its authority, how the town’s charter works within state laws and how the responsibilities of each of the town roles are defined in the charter.

As a Dillon Rule state, Virginia’s local governments only have powers expressly granted or implied to them by the General Assembly, so any changes to the town’s charter must get approval at the state level, she said. Keane also noted it was important to operate within that framework to prevent…

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