Purcellville Councilwoman Kelli Grim announced Tuesday night that she will resign from her seat, effective Nov. 3. The announcement came two weeks after Grim said her family might have to move out of state.
“It’s a bittersweet farewell to have to leave,” she said during Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s very important to me .… that this council and the citizens do not forget where we came from.”
Town council voted unanimously to move forward with the process for appointing an interim councilmember. In this case, the council can make an appointment rather than holding a special election because Grim’s resignation came after the mid-point of her term, which ends June 30. The seat will be one of three council positions, along with the mayor’s seat, on the ballot during the May 1 town elections.
Under Virginia law, the council has 45 days from the vacancy date to make the appointment. If they fail to do so, the Circuit Court will step in.
Applications for the interim council position are due at 5 p.m. Nov.6. A special town council meeting will follow during which the council will review applications in a closed session and up to four candidates will be selected for interviews.
Another special meeting will be held at 5 p.m. before the Nov. 14 town council meeting for council to conduct interviews in open session and make an appointment.
According to Director of Administration Hooper McCann, the town could work with Clerk of the Loudoun Circuit Court Gary Clemens to set up a swearing in of the interim councilmember that night or the next day.
The council is following an interim councilmember appointment process adopted in February 2016 that sets forth requirements, including the number of candidates to interview, the interview process and the timeframe to make an appointment.