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October 31, 2017

Warrenton town manager hires executive assistant

A U.S. Army veteran, Elizabeth Gillie has worked two years in Fauquier County government.
Warrenton Town manager Brannon Godfrey has a new full-time executive assistant.

Elizabeth “Liz” Gillie will start the position on Monday, Nov. 6.

Originally from Illinois, Ms. Gillie, 32, has served as the senior administrative associate with Fauquier County government for almost two years.

“I was really looking for a new challenge,” Ms. Gillie said. “I love it here (with the county), but it was more of a challenge next door. I feel really blessed and excited about this opportunity.”

Ms. Gillie will earn $55,000 per year. Her duties include:

• Serving as the town’s designated Freedom of Information Act officer.

• Assembling town council documents and agenda items.

• Recording minutes at public meetings, including those of the town council, planning commission and the architectural review board.

• Maintaining the town website and calendar.

Longtime municipal staff member Evelyn Weimer will continue to work part-time as the town recorder and share minute recording duties with Ms. Gillie.

The town council authorized the new position in the fiscal 2017 budget.

“This position will provide full-day availability to citizens for general inquiries, serve as a source for town information and maintain administrative, clerical and scheduling support for the town manager and council,” Mr. Godfrey wrote in the budget document.

Some meeting “minutes are currently taken by part-time permit technicians, which takes time away from their regular duties of timely processing permits and providing information,” he added.

Before working with the county as an event coordinator and FOIA officer, Ms. Gillie served as a paralegal in Maryland for about two years and overseas as a military police officer for the U.S. Army for eight years, 2003-08.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Maryland University College in 2015.

Ms. Gillie and her husband Jason have a daughter Alyssa, 10, and live near Orlean. They moved to Fauquier in 2014.

Twenty people applied for the job.

“Her organizational skills, knowledge of FOIA and records management policies, her drive and pleasant personality make her the right fit for the job,” Mr. Godfrey said.

— Cassandra Brown
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