Council seeks applicants for vacancy

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council plans to fill its second vacant seat so far this year.

Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger steps down from her seat July 1. She announced her plans in mid March, noting then that she and her fiancée plan to move out of the area.

The town put out the call Monday to Front Royal residents interested in serving on council. Town residents can submit resumes to serve out the rest of Egger’s term set to end Dec. 31, 2018. The town will accept resumes until June 30.

Applicants must have been qualified to vote in the Virginia general election this past November and were residents of the state for at least one year prior to the election; have been a resident of Front Royal for a minimum of 30 days and be qualified to vote for Town Council. Applicants also must file an initial statement of economic interests with the Warren County General Registrar. Applicants may submit a resume to jberry@frontroyalva.com, or deliver it to the Town Hall at 102 E. Main St., or via mail to: Clerk of Council, P.O. Box 1560, Front Royal, Virginia 22630

The council appointed Christopher Morrison on Jan. 23 to fill the vacancy left by Hollis Tharpe, who was elected in November to succeed Timothy Darr as mayor. Morrison had served on the Planning Commission.

Council appointed Jacob Meza in late January 2016 to fill the vacancy left by Daryl L. Funk, who was elected in November 2015 to succeed Warren County Circuit Court Clerk Jennifer Simms. Meza was elected to his first term in November 2016 as one of three candidates to win a council seat.

Councilman Eugene Tewalt publicly opposed the council’s appointment of Morrison to Tharpe’s seat. Tewalt argued that council should have picked the candidate in the November election that won the fourth highest number of votes – Mike McCool.