Purcellville’s eighth-ever permanent town manager will be staying in town for the foreseeable future.
Town Manager David Mekarski informed Town Council members last Thursday that he was not offered the position of Vail, CO town manager. Instead, the Vail Town Council last Tuesday, following nearly three hours of discussion behind closed doors, opted to go with one of the three other candidate finalists, all of whom live in Colorado. Vail’s next town manager will be Scott Robson, who currently serves as the executive director of the Civic Center Park Conservancy in Denver.
In an email to Purcellville council members, Mekarski thanked them for giving him their “indulgence and respect to explore this opportunity.” “The experience has given me a boost of confidence in my professional abilities and elevated my self-esteem,” he wrote.
Mekarski previously said that while he was not actively looking for a new job, the opportunity arose when he answered a recruitment invite from the SGR executive recruitment firm and recognized that the Vail town manager position would have complimented his background in economic development and environmental management and sustainability.
Mekarski and the three other finalists for the position were selected from a pool of 73 applicants. They visited Vail for a series of interviews early last week.
Mekarski has worked as Purcellville town manager since April 2018, following a period of 11 months in which three other individuals held the role on an interim basis after Rob Lohr retired from a 24-year career in town.
Now planning on remaining in Purcellville, Mekarski said it’s “time to utilize this newfound energy to accomplish the vision and mission this council has set forth for our community with both vigor and tenacity.”