The Hamilton Town Council on Monday night emerged from closed session and voted to appoint Rebecca Jones to replace Councilman Dimitri Kesari, who resigned last month.
Kesari resigned after being found guilty of election fraud when he was U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s deputy campaign manager during the 2012 election.
The vote Monday night was unanimous and Jones will serve the rest of Kesari’s term, ending June 30, 2018.
Two residents expressed interest in the post.
Jones, a CPA, has been a town resident since 2008. She said she was interested in community service and wanted to help Hamilton thrive as a small town.
Alan Case has lived in his house on Sydnor Drive since 1994. He has plans to retire from Virginia Power after 37 years of service. Case said he wants to see Hamilton continue to prosper without losing its small-town atmosphere.
“We were very lucky. Both candidates had excellent qualities, but Jones had a particularly good set of skills that will help the town progress,” Mayor Dave Simpson said Tuesday morning.