Purcellville’s next town manager could be selected as early as the second week of March.
The Town Council and Interim Town Manager John Anzivino met with the top two candidates at the Purcellville Train Station last Friday for final, 75-minute interviews. The council then met in a closed session Tuesday night to work through their notes and discuss each candidate’s qualifications in greater detail. “We needed the time to reflect on what we heard … and decide what we want to do,” said Councilman Doug McCollum.
Councilman Ted Greenly said negotiations with the final candidate should be “occurring very soon.”
Councilwoman Karen Jimmerson said a selection would not be made prior to the March 13 Town Council meeting. If a selection is made then, it would be done in a session open to the public.
“I am confident the candidate is a good fit,” Greenly said.
A town manager selection within the next week would end a six-month search process. In September, town council voted to conduct the search using in-house resources, saving the town an estimated $35,000. Vice Mayor Nedim Ogelman and Councilman Ryan Cool then assembled a recruitment package and had it advertised from October to January on multiple municipal government organizations.
In January, the town received 29 applicants for the job. Last month, all town council members interviewed the top three candidates for an hour-and-a-half each. McCollum said town council members did not take the candidates out to dinner for an informal meeting, as Anzivino’s original town manager selection process had suggested.