Front Royal Mayor to resign following misdemeanor charge of soliciting sexual conduct


Last Monday, Front Royal Mayor Hollis Tharpe voluntarily took administrative leave on the same day he was indicted for soliciting prostitution. 

According to the Front Royal town attorney, Tharpe will officially resign from his position, effective May 2.

During the first town council meeting since Tharpe made his announcement, one resident spoke out saying he is fed up how town council operates.  

“They say they want to do the best for the citizens but I’m not seeing that right now in some of the things that are being said from some of the councilmen,” said Font Royal resident Paul Gabbert. 

Paul Gabbert says the mayor being indicted for soliciting a prostitute is just another thing to add to his list of concerns, including the EDA investigation

“I have no trust in this county or this town whatsoever,” said Gabbert. 

Vice Mayor William Sealock will act as mayor until council appoints an interim mayor. The council will then petition the Warren County Circuit Court to hold a special election. 

“At the special election, the voters of the town of Front Royal will elect a mayor to end the term of mayor Tharpe,” said Napier. 

Tharpe’s term ends December 2020 and the special election could take place anytime between May and December 2019. 

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