In a short swearing-in ceremony Thursday, Victor Angry officially became the newest member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and the first African American to serve on the county board in its 150-year history.
Angry, a Democrat, won a special election Tuesday to fill the remaining eight months of the late Supervisor John Jenkins’ term on the board. Jenkins (D) held the Neabsco District seat for 36 years before passing away Feb. 6.
Jenkins’ widow, Ernestine Jenkins, stood next to Angry and held the Bible on which Angry placed his hand while Prince William Circuit Court Clerk Jacqueline Smith (D) swore Angry into office.
Angry’s wife, Michelle Angry, could not attend the event because of a work commitment. The ceremony took place on the couple’s 29th anniversary. They have two children.
Angry, 50, is a native of Altamonte Springs, Florida. He retired from the Army National Guard in 2011 after becoming the first African American soldier promoted to the post of U.S. National Guard command sergeant major.
Since his retirement, Angry has done motivational speaking and is a partner in a workplace development company called Echo Nine. Angry is also a volunteer firefighter.
Addressing the crowd gathered at the James J. McCoart building, Angry said he felt “humbled” and “ready to do the work of the people.” He also thanked his supporters for helping him win the April 9th contest.
Angry said the reality of his new position hadn’t set in until Wednesday, when he went to Jenkins’ Ridgewood Center office to meet with his new staff.
Angry said he realizes his position makes him a politician, even if he doesn’t think of himself in those terms.
“I know I have entered into the world of politics, but I am not a politician,” he said. “I am a servant. That’s why I’m really happy to be here to represent the people of the Neabsco District and of Prince William County.”
Angry praised Jenkins as a “the people’s supervisor” and said he hoped to carry on his legacy.
Ernestine Jenkins offered her support from the podium at the conclusion of the event.
In Angry, she said, the residents of the Neabsco District “have a very good man.”
“You can trust him, believe me, you can call him with your concerns,” Ernestine Jenkins said. “He’s a good man. I think that’s good enough.”