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Purcellville Council taps Vanegas as interim town manager

Following the April 25 announcement that Purcellville's Town Manager Robert W. Lohr, Jr. will retire June 30, the Town Council on Tuesday appointed Alex Vanegas as interim town manager, effective immediately.

Council members met behind closed doors Tuesday night with two candidates – Vanegas and assistant town manager Danny Davis – before making the announcement just before midnight.

"I am honored I was given this opportunity to facilitate the transition of leadership with the guidance of a distinguished leader like Mr. Lohr. It has been a privilege learning from such a dedicated public servant that has served our community for over 24 years," Vanegas said.

Vanegas is currently the director of public works for the Town of Purcellville. He has worked in public service for several local governments and authorities since the 1990s. He has been employed by the Town of Purcellville for more than 11 years, and has been promoted through the organization from the waterworks superintendent in 2005 to his current position.

Vanegas said he looks forward to continuing his work with the "talented and knowledgeable staff, as well as the wonderful community in which we serve." He also expressed gratitude to the many staff members who submitted letters of support for his application.

Bringing a diverse background, including serving on the Planning Commission in Prince William County, Vanegas said he will utilize that knowledge to help facilitate the change process.

Vanegas is a Certified Public Manager through the Regional Executive Development Program accredited by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He holds a Master's Degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a second Master's Degree in organizational management from George Washington University.

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