Purcellville Town Manager Robert W. Lohr Jr. has long been recognized as the dean of Loudoun’s municipal managers, and a recent recognition of his 30 years of service in local government by the International City/County Management Association has solidified that reputation.
Lohr has served as town manager of Purcellville since March 1993. Prior to that he served as town manager in New Market for seven years.
During his 23 years as Purcellville’s town manager, Lohr has guided the town through a period of unprecedented growth as the community grew from a population of 1,600 to an estimated 9,000 residents.
Among the town’s accomplishments during his term are the town’s wastewater services into compliance with federal and state mandates and the construction of the Basham Simms Wastewater Treatment Plan; construction of a Purcellville Maintenance Facility; purchase of the Fireman’s Field complex, including the historic Bush Tabernacle; renovation of the former Purcellville Baptist Church as the new Town Hall; enhancing the historic downtown through streetscape improvements and preservation projects; and achieving financial strength and stability, recognized by a triple-A bond rating and awards for the town’s fiscal management.
The association also highlighted Lohr’s emphasize on creating a culture of customer service to ensure that residents get the service they need from town staff in an efficient and friendly manner, and of integrity and honesty among his staff—all while working closely with council members in their efforts to improve the quality of life in Purcellville.