Letter: Mayor Kwasi Fraser, Purcellville

Editor: Over time, all communities experience change. During my tenure as mayor, I have made it a priority to engage all members of the community, to build on our existing assets, and to develop a vision for our future.
Over the past few months, we have passed a budget that reflects the many voices in Purcellville, successfully retained our stellar credit ratings, and restructured our debt to address future uncertainties. Further, recently we moved toward securing a management contract for Fireman’s Field that will reduce the debt burden for taxpayers, adopted new height restrictions in our historic district to retain our historic charm, and adopted civil penalties to help enforce our zoning ordinances to maintain our Town’s beauty and character. More importantly, we moved forward with our Comprehensive Plan review.
With change, however, come challenges.
One such challenge is the alleged significant long-term managerial issues within our police department, which were brought to the interim town manager’s attention. Town Council was briefed as needed, and acting within his authority, the interim town manager conducted the investigation and hired a consultant to assist in that process.

At the conclusion of the investigation, several significant managerial, communication, and other revelations were revealed to the Town Council. To ensure fairness and to do right by all involved, we have decided to implement an independent review of the former chief of police’s investigation and a top-to-bottom organizational review conducted by an independent third party.
As such, the chief of police has been reinstated and remains on administrative leave pending the results of the audit of the investigation. Lieutenant Schroeck will remain as interim chief of police during this time.
As mayor, I have a responsibility to residents and business owners to safeguard our town and work with management to ensure the structure of our organization is sound. I have the full confidence of our dedicated town staff and police officers who work diligently every day for us. I am thankful to our experienced professional and management team, along with a dedicated Town Council. I am confident that we are still on a path to improve our government and move Purcellville forward.
I am very proud of our successes as a community thus far and remain focused on the positive even in the most challenging times.
As additional information becomes available I will keep everyone appraised of it.
Kwasi Fraser
Mayor, Town of Purcellville

4 thoughts on “Letter: Mayor Kwasi Fraser, Purcellville

  • 2017-11-27 at 11:24 am
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    If you (Fraser) listen hard enough, you will hear the ‘many voices in Purcellville’ suggesting that you and your ‘dedicated Town Council’ step down, thus bringing a halt to the embarrassment you and most of your ‘dedicated Town Council’ have brought to this town. Not sure who you’ve been talking to, but I’ve not heard a single Purcellville town resident voice any confidence, whatsoever in you or your ‘dedicated Town Council’. The good news is that time is running out on you, Jimmerson, Olgleman – thank goodness. Tick, tick tick..

  • 2017-11-27 at 12:25 pm
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    resident08 – either you have never attended town meetings OR you are really resident02. The former town elected officials used the residents. Purchasing a worthless property for more than 3 times the assessment, may be a good place to start. The voices of Purcellville are tired of tax and spend of the previous administration. The idea that Firemans Field continues to be a topic of discussion, but where were these people when the former mayor and council decided to shrink the parking available for games? You might not care because maybe you don’t or didn’t have a child playing at that field. Many of us do. And besides shrinking the parking, we got a tax district to pay for something they couldn’t. signed resident97

    • 2017-11-27 at 1:40 pm
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      StationFollies, all of my kids played games at Fireman’s Field, as did I as I grew up in this town. So yes, I actually do care about Fireman’s Field. But let’s get to your blame game… I guess they’re running off Rob Lohr was a continuation of ‘blaming’ the past mayor and council, too?? Then the current mayor and council appoint Venegas as the interim town manager… how’s that working out so far for the residents of this town?? And the mayor, nor any other council members have accepted any accountability. In fact, Jimmerson made it clear that they had nothing to do with the hiring of the love bug investigator – I’m guessing she just didn’t want her name associated with that debacle. Aside from the ongoing embarrassment, we better also get prepared for the suit that Chief McCalister will likely, and rightfully, be dropping on the town. I think I’m hearing those voices again… ‘get out’!!!

  • 2017-12-01 at 10:49 am
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    Kwasi — I think you’re days are numbered as mayor of Purcellville, and same with the rest of your gang up for re-election in May. There will be a turnout not unlike what we saw last month. Think twice about even running

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