PURCELLVILLE, Va. November 21, 2017 — Effective today, November 21, 2017, Interim Town Manager Alex Vanegas has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an independent administrative investigation. The Town is in the process of retaining an independent investigator to conduct an audit and investigation of actions taken by the Interim Town Manager over the last several months.
Mayor Kwasi Fraser met with Town staff this morning and expressed his support and confidence in Town employees in their ability to continue serving the Town of Purcellville with the highest level of care and professionalism. During the meeting the Mayor stated, “As we work to rebuild a positive, collaborative and stable organization, I want you all to know that my and Town Council’s commitment with this effort will be to you, the employees. With your help, led by incredible department heads and management team, we will rebuild and move forward in a positive direction.” He further stated “As soon as possible, we will be bringing on a paid professional to serve as the Interim Town Manager. This individual will work with the department heads, management team and staff to keep the Town moving in a forward direction. Until we have this individual on board, Hooper McCann, in her role as Director of Administration, will have the full authority to conduct Town business in the capacity of an Interim Town Manager.”
Administrative questions can be directed to Hooper McCann, Director of Administration, who will ensure such questions are directed to the appropriate Town individual. Questions concerning the investigation, should be directed to Sally Hankins, Town Attorney.