Purcellville’s leadership problems continue as the town’s most recent Interim Town Manager, Glen Adams, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he is resigning from the job effective June 6.
Adams arrived in Purcellville at the end of April, after his appointment on April 26, to fill the role after former interim town manager John Anzivino, who had been a long-time consultant to the town, abruptly resigned during the April 11 town council meeting.
Adams confirmed that he had applied for the permanent town manager position, was a semi-finalist for the job and had an interview on May 24 at 11 a.m.
He said his resignation came shortly after the interview.
“I told them what it takes for me to become the Town Manager and obviously they weren’t willing to make that change,” he said in an email to the Times-Mirror. “So I wasn’t selected to move forward. Which with how they conduct business I’m not willing to stay on.”
He most recently served as City Manager in Santa Fe, Texas, and was previously Chief of Staff at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, according to his bio on LinkedIn. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and he served in the U.S. Army with tours in Qatar, Kuwait and Baghdad.
Adams’ resignation comes the day after the town council passed its budget, including the approval of a decrease of cost of living adjustments for town staff. Those proposed changes led directly to Anzivino’s departure from the town in April. Councilwoman Erin Rayner spoke at Tuesday night’s meeting regarding the Fiscal Year 24 budget.
“We need to listen to our experts, our financial staff, and now three town managers who have said that we need to raise rates at the recommended levels in order to not cause a financial crisis,” Rayner said.
Yet Mayor Stanley Milan, Vice Mayor Chris Bertaut and Councilmembers Carol Luke and Mary “Boo” Bennett voted to oppose that recommendation, reduce the recommended rate increase and instead use the town’s reserve fund.
The Times-Mirror has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for additional information on Adams’ departure, but has not yet received a response.
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