The Town of Purcellville has made two moves to beef up the way it interacts with the public.
Last week, Assistant Town Manager Danny Davis announced the hiring of Shannon Bohince as the town’s first full-time director of information technology.
Bohince started work March 31. He recently worked for the Loudoun County Department of IT as a senior server engineer. With more than 20 years’ experience in IT and 10 years in local government, Bohince was unanimously selected by a cross-departmental panel of the town’s managers and staff members.
“I’m really excited about hiring Mr. Bohince and bringing his forward-thinking mindset to the Town of Purcellville,” Davis said. “I worked closely with the county on IT, and a lot of what I tried to do was to find new ways of using technology,” he said. “Part of the job is to make information easily accessible, not to dig for it deeply. We want to help push it forward.”
Davis wants to see Bohince develop the IT road map for the town, be innovative and to come up with long-term strategic planning.
“We’re a small department, very hands on, and I hope he will help evaluate where we are, how to look at things a little differently,” Davis said.
On Monday the town announced the publication of its first newsletter, “Purcellville Post,” to keep residents informed about town government. Part of a Town Council initiative to strengthen community partnerships, the Purcellville Post is intended to provide a snapshot of the activities of town government, including the council and the staff, as well as publicizing community events.
The first edition highlights the town’s comprehensive plan updates, the Maintenance Department, upcoming special events, and new avenues by which the residents can communicate with the government. To minimize costs, the first newsletter was circulated to the community via the April 1 utility bills. Additional copies will be available throughout the town at public locations, including the Town Hall and the Purcellville Library.
The Purcellville Post also can be found online at purcellvilleva.gov/newsletter. Residents are asked to send their feedback on the new publication at email@example.com or by contacting Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-751-2354.