Former Purcellville councilmember and planning commissioner Thomas Priscilla was sworn in to the Blue Ridge seat on the Loudoun Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 24.
Priscilla replaces Chad Campbell (Blue Ridge), who took the seat on a temporary basis after Charles Douglas resigned for health reasons. Campbell, who also serves on the comprehensive plan stakeholder steering committee, said at the time he intended it to be a short-term appointment while Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) sought out a more permanent appointee.
He joins the Planning Commission as the county is reworking its comprehensive plan. Priscilla said he had no “preconceived ideas” for the county or the district in his tenure.
“I don’t think I’m coming with any ideas,” Priscilla said. “The county’s initiated the update of the comprehensive plan, so I think that will really determine some of the priorities on a countywide basis.”
Priscilla served for 10 years on the Purcellville Town Council and 12 years on the town’s planning commission. He is also a past president of the Purcellville Preservation Association. He has spent 34 years of his 36-year career working in the military and civilian airport industries, currently employed as an airport development team leader with the Federal Aviation Administration. In that capacity he assists in the planning, design and construction of airport improvements in consultation with federal and state regulatory agencies.