Round Hill Appoints James to Council, Hires Town Planner

The Round Hill Town Council last week appointed Paula James, a 30-year town resident,as an interim councilwoman to fill a vacancy created by Fred Lyne’s Sept. 7 resignation. The town also recently hired Danielle Gugger as its new town planner, following Lauren Runyan’s departure last month.

James, the only applicant for the spot, will remain in the seat until a May 5, 2020 special election is held to determine who will complete the term that expires on June 30, 2022. James works as a security specialist for the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir. She graduated from Park View High School in 1978 and has worked for the federal government for 27 years.

“I am honest, trustworthy, and live my life by the Golden Rule,” James wrote in her Oct. 11 letter of interest to the town. “I want to be more engaged with our wonderful town and help in any way possible.”

The appointment came 51 days past the town’s 60-day appointment deadline, as stipulated by the Town Charter.

On the administrative side of the town, Gugger will start work as the new town planner on Monday, Nov. 4. Town Administrator Melissa Hynes said that while she hired Gugger as an entry-level planner, “she is experiencedin nonprofit management, community engagement and serving a Board of Directors.”

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