RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has issued his first veto, blocking a measure that would have allowed Arlington County’s governing board to hire a new independent policing auditor. He announced the veto Tuesday.

Youngkin said in a statement that police shouldn’t be subject to what he called politically motivated inquiries. But the bill’s sponsor says the northern Virginia county will still be able to fill the role — the hiring will just be done by the county manager.

Democratic Del. Patrick Hope said the governor was making what Hope called a “misguided political statement.”