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Culpeper hires Cashwell as town manager

Dewey P. Cashwell Jr. has been named as Culpeper’s new town manager.

The Laurinburg, N.C., native has been in municipal government for more than 30 years, most recently as the city manager of Bristol.

Cashwell, 64, will assume his new duties on Dec. 1 at a salary of $127,000. He replaces Kim Alexander, who was fired in January.

Chris Hively has been acting town manager in the interim.

“We are fortunate to have a town manager with experience in both economic development and tourism,” said Mayor Chip Coleman. “Our main focus is to increase the interest in tourism and provide an attractive community for continued economic development.”

Cashwell, who left the manager’s post in Bristol in July, grew up in Martinsville and Charlottesville. Cashwell was assistant city manager in Martinsville from 1994–2001.

He also served as city manager of South Padre Island, Texas, for seven years, and Schertz, Texas, for one, and as county administrator in Dinwiddie County for a few years, according to town public information officer Wally Bunker.

“I’ve long wanted to serve the community of the town of Culpeper and consider this opportunity to be the capstone of my professional career,” said Cashwell. “My family and I look forward to living here.”

Cashwell was selected from a pool of more than 50 candidates.

“Culpeper is a very special and great historic community in Virginia,” he said. “I want to live and serve in Virginia. It is the perfect community.”

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