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Clarke Board of Supervisor fill a vacant seat

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The Clarke County Board of Supervisors report that they have filled a vacant seat on the board at their last work session.

The board voted unanimously to appoint Douglas Shaffer to fill the recently vacated seat of Matthew Bass.

Bass tendered his letter of resignation in early April and announced his intention to run for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Clarke County.

Shaffer will be sworn in before May 17 and participate in his first Board of Supervisor’s meeting May 21.

Shaffer will serve as the Berryville District supervisor until the Clarke County Electoral Board certifies the results of a special election on November 5.

Of course, any qualified person, including Shaffer, can run for the Berryville District seat in November as well.

Before Shaffer’s appointment the board interviewed 4 candidates for the temporary position all of which brought a lot to the table according to board vice chair Terri Catlett.

Shaffer’s 20 years of service to the county and his solution-based way of approaching issues were swaying factors in his selection.

The 63-year-old Shaffer was born and raised in Berryville and has been in a variety of positions since 2000 and is a Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner.

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