By Judy Stearns.
The Purcellville Town Council, in a unanimous vote (6-0), appointed Melanie Fuller to fill the council seat left vacant when Vice Mayor Ben Packard resigned in January; he and his family will be relocating. In accordance with State Code, a special election will be held on the day of the regular mayor and council election, May 3. That person will be certified and be seated immediately to serve out the two years remaining on Packard's four-year term.
Fuller, who has a background in accounting and HR, currently serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Economic Development Advisory Committee. She is planning on resigning from the BZA when she fills Packard's position. In her cover letter, Fuller said, "I have an understanding of the differences in how government works and the collaborative efforts required to bring all stakeholders to a consensus in order to make our town the best place it can be." She has lived and worked in Purcellville since 2006.
Fuller will take the oath of office administered by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens at a mutually-arranged time.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community. I am going to be running for Council in the upcoming election but I still have not decided on two year or four year term," Fuller said.
The council interviewed four candidates on Tuesday evening, February 16 and then went into Executive Session to consider the applicants. Those interviewed besides Fuller were: Eamon Coy, Chair of the Parks, Recreation Advisory Board; Dr. James O. Wiley, who served two terms on the town council from 2006 to 2014, and Amanda Athilia Kadilak, resident since 2006. Ronald B. Rise, Jr was the alternate if someone was unable to make the interview.