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Culpeper Council selects new manager for town

The Culpeper Town Council voted Monday night to offer the town manager job to Chris Hively.

The vote was 6–3, with Vice Mayor Mike Olinger and councilmen Dave Lochridge and Jim Risner comprising the minority.

Hively, 51, has been acting town manager since late January when he took over for Kim Alexander, who was fired.

When contacted 30 minutes after last night’s special town council meeting, Hively said he had not yet been told of the vote and would not commit as to whether or not he would take the job.

“I’m honored that they are making me an offer but we have not had a chance to discuss contract terms,” Hively said

Mayor Chip Coleman spoke highly of Hively after last night’s 20-minute meeting. “Chris has been a dedicated employee. A number of department heads have come to me during the past few weeks and told me what a pleasure it is to work under him.”

Hively came to the town as environmental services director in May 2009 after spending more than a decade working in Culpeper County’s environmental services department.

He is one of 40 applicants for the town manager position, according to town human resources director Mary Murphy. Seven finalists were interviewed for the job.

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