Two Fill Vacancies on Manassas Park Council

By Nick Miroff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Manassas Park City Council patched a pair of holes last week, voting unanimously to appoint former mayor William J. Treuting and businessman Keith D. Miller to two recently vacated seats.

"I couldn't be happier to have a full body back," said Mayor Frank Jones, who likened the truncated council to "running a race with both legs crippled."

Treuting, 54, was elected mayor in 2000 and lost a reelection bid to Jones four years later. Miller, 36, is co-owner of FPR Catering in Manassas Park.

The appointment is Miller's first move into politics since college, when he was president of his fraternity at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. "Running for council is something I'd considered for a couple years," he said, "and after the resignations, it was a prime opportunity."

Manassas Park lost two council members during a rocky two weeks in late August and early September, when Vonna L. Privett and Adam C. Larson resigned. Privett left after a housemate was convicted on child pornography charges and sentenced to prison. Larson left when his family moved out of Manassas Park.

The city advertised in local newspapers for applications for the two openings. Twelve people applied, one withdrew, and council members narrowed the field to Treuting and Miller.

Jones said the appointments will complement the council. "Certainly we'll benefit from [Treuting's] experience, and then we got the new guy, Keith, who will bring his business background. Those are some real strengths."

Privett's term expires in 2008, so Treuting will occupy her seat until then. Larson's term runs until 2010, but a special election will be conducted in 2008 for his seat, and Miller can seek a two-year extension.

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