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Purcellville calls emergency council meeting, notifies public less than 14 hours beforehand

Members of Purcellville Town Council and law enforcement officers during a meeting discussing former Chief of Police Cynthia McAlister. Times-Mirror/Karen Graham
More controversy and concerns out of the Town of Purcellville and its government operations tonight.

Purcellville Town Council has called an emergency Town Council meeting for 9 a.m. Saturday. The meeting notice went out at 7:43 p.m. Friday.

A closed executive session is on Saturday's agenda. The stated purpose is “to consult with legal counsel employed or retained by the public body regarding an administrative investigation requiring the provision of legal advice by such counsel.”

Participating in the closed session, according to the agenda, will be council members; Town Attorney Sally Hankins; Patrice Claire, an employment law attorney with Ford Harrison; and Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman (R).

Purcellville has been awash with alleged mismanagement and high-level departures in 2017.

Former Chief of Police Cynthia McAlister was fired Nov. 2 after a month-long investigation conducted by a private human resources investigator, Georgia Nuckolls, reportedly found McAlister acted outside the scope of her duties and violated town policies and procedures, among other violations.

According to Saturday's agenda, it does not appear that interim Town Manager Alex Vanegas will attend the closed-door session.

Speaking with the Times-Mirror earlier this month, Vanegas said, “When we started the [McAlister] investigation, we started finding a lot of rabbit holes – little tangent things that came off of the investigation that caused us to investigate more.”

Vanegas confirmed on Nov. 9 there were outside investigations ongoing. He declined to say whether a federal investigation was active. When asked whether he had given a federal deposition, he said no, but added “not yet.”

Preceding McAlister's departure, former Town Manager Rob Lohr resigned in June – many observers have suggested he was forced out – and Assistant Town Manager Danny Davis left his post Sept. 30 to become president of Tribute Assisted Living in Ashburn. Additionally, Daniel Galindo resigned as the town's senior planner to work with Loudoun County's Planning and Zoning Department in June.

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