Bruce Drummond, the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority’s longest-tenured board member, resigned last week, according to EDA and County Attorney Dan Whitten.
Whitten said over the phone that Drummond gave no reason for his resignation, which was effective immediately.
This marks the latest event in the ongoing reshuffling of the authority’s board and staff, illustrated in the following timeline:
October 2017: Marla Jones, the EDA’s director of marketing, retired.
October 2018: William Biggs, the EDA’s treasurer of 30 years, retired citing health issues. Josie Rickard, the EDA’s bookkeeper of 20 years, also retired that month.
In December, Jennifer McDonald, the authority’s executive director of 10 years, resigned. She has since been named one of nine defendants in the EDA’s $17.6 million lawsuit and was charged on 12 felony counts of embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretenses for alleged fraudulent actions carried out during her tenure at the authority.
In March, Greg Drescher and Ron Llewellyn — the board’s two longest-tenured members at the time — resigned the same day the EDA approved the civil lawsuit. Missy Henry, the EDA’s administrative assistant, also resigned that month and has since been charged on two felony counts of embezzlement stemming from her time at the authority.
Drummond could not be reached for comment. Whitten said that he expects the Board of Supervisors to appoint a new board member during its Tuesday night meeting, which was held after press time.