George Spagna succeeded Faye Prichard as mayor Tuesday night as Ashland Town Council reorganized following this year’s town elections.
Spagna, previously vice mayor of the town, acknowledged his predecessor shortly after his unanimous nomination.
“It’s an honor and a privilege and, Faye, I want to thank you for your incredible service for the time that you’ve held this seat,” he said.
The motion to appoint Spagna came from Edward “Ned” Henson III, who was later the unanimous choice for vice mayor; no other nominations for mayor were put forth.
When it came time for the mayor’s report, Spagna delivered some brief remarks, noting he had only been in the mayor’s chair for 10 minutes at the most.
“What I want people to know is my becoming the mayor does not change council, it does not change the direction of the town, it does not change the commitment of the five people that sit behind this dais and work behind the scenes,” Spagna said. “We’re all in the boat now.”
First elected in 2004, Spagna is in the middle of his third term on town council. Spagna is a physics professor at Randolph-Macon College, where he has taught since 1986.
Organizational posts last two years and coincide with town council elections, the next coming in 2016 when the terms of Henson, Spagna and Steven Trivett will expire.
In addition to electing officers, two members were sworn in to their posts on town council by Frank Hargrove Jr., circuit court clerk Tuesday night. These included Prichard, who was elected to her fourth term on town council this past May, and James Murray, who just began his first term as a councilman.