Town council appoints new mayor to temporarily fill Hollis Tharpe’s seat


After the motion to allow the Warren County Circuit Court to appoint an interim mayor failed, the council approved the motion to appoint Matt Tederick as the town’s interim mayor for the next 5 months. 

“Mr. Vice Mayor I move that council appoint Matt Tederick as interim mayor for the town of Front Royal, said term to expire December 31, 2019,” said Front Royal Town Councilman Gary Gillispie. 

Tederick will serve as mayor until December 31, 2019 and then in November 2019 a special election will be held to elect a new mayor to finish former mayor Hollis Tharpe’s term ending December 2020. 

“There’s been a lot of question, we were very deliberate in our debate and discussion in closed session. We wanted to make sure that everything was above board,” said Front Royal Vice Mayor William Sealock. 

In April, Tharpe resigned from mayor after he was indicted for soliciting prostitution. 

“It was council’s decision that we needed someone who had experience in this area. We had asked a lot of different people, which we were turned down for,” said Gillispie.

Tederick will be sworn in at the courthouse before he is officially able to start. 

“He was interested and he said he would help us out for 5 months. He’s dependable, he’s a reputable member of our town and he’ll do a fine job for us,” said Gillispie.

Matt Tederick is well-known in the Front Royal community and the council says they are happy he’ll be joining them. 

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