For immediate release: May 15, 2019
Alicia Plerhoples’ Statement on Corruption Allegations against Jeff McKay
Fairfax, VA – Alicia Plerhoples, candidate for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, issued a statement today regarding corruption allegations against Jeff McKay:
“When there is smoke, there is not always fire. But the corruption allegations against Jeff McKay are the very reason why I refuse to take political contributions from developers.
As of the last finance reporting cycle, Jeff McKay has taken over $89,000 from the real estate and construction industry for the June 11 primary, and the Washington Post reports that Jeff McKay has taken $50,000 from businesses affiliated with the Halle company, a Fairfax County developer, in his bid for Chairman. Taking such contributions while also overseeing zoning approvals is not illegal, but it raises the specter of impropriety and gives the public doubt about whose interests the Board of Supervisors serves as Fairfax County continues to grow.
I have read both the anonymous memo alleging corruption and Jeff McKay’s rebuttal memo. As a lawyer who often advises my own clients on avoiding conflicts of interest, what most concerned me in Jeff McKay’s rebuttal memo is the following statement from him:
Private sales occur all the time, but we need to hold our elected officials to the highest standards of integrity. One of the principal roles of the Board of Supervisors is approving development throughout the county. We need stronger internal Board policies to keep developers at arms’ length to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Jeff McKay should not have engaged in this private sale, even if the developer was his friend, but more importantly, the Board should require such non-arms’ length sales to be fully and completely disclosed to the public. We owe the public trust and confidence in our elected officials.”