EDA board member resigns

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors has  lost another member.

The EDA announced Thursday that Brendan Arbuckle resigned his seat on the board because he and his family plan to move out of state.

Arbuckle, senior operations director at Toray Plastics America, is taking a new position with the company in Pennsylvania, according to information from the EDA. The Warren County Board of Supervisors appointed Arbuckle to the EDA panel in February to fill the vacancy created when William Sealock Jr. won a seat on the Town Council in the November 2016 election.

Supervisors appointed Alexander Gray Blanton in mid-August to fill the vacancy left after longtime EDA board member Patricia Wines died in early July. Blanton served on the Town Council from July 1, 1990 to June 30, 1994 and then filled out an unexpired term on the Board of Supervisors from December 2006 to December 2007.

The Board of Supervisors discussed the appointment in closed session at their second August meeting before voting to pick Blanton for the seat. Supervisors did not conduct interviews prior to taking the vote. The county advertised the vacancy, solicited resumes and received seven applications, which the board then considered for the appointment. The county has withheld the names of the applicants citing the appointment as a personnel matter.

County Administrator Doug Stanley indicated Thursday he enjoyed working with Arbuckle in his capacity with Toray and while he served with the EDA. Arbuckle coached youth soccer with the Front Royal Soccer Association, Stanley noted. EDA Chairman L. Greg Drescher called Arbuckle a valued board member.

Only supervisors appoint members to the EDA board, even though the authority works on economic development projects in both Front Royal and the county. The Town Council gave up its right to choose members for the EDA board when Front Royal ceased to provide funding for the authority’s operational budget.