School Board Vice Chairman Vonna L. "Vonnie" Privett was chosen unanimously as the newest member of the Manassas Park City Council.
The decision comes a month after Douglas Parks, who for 20 years demonstrated his fiscally conservative views by fighting for lower taxes and increased commercial development, died following a heart attack.
Privett, 39, a Republican, resigned from the School Board and within minutes was sworn in as the third woman on the council.
"Right now, I'm just trying to get my feet wet," she said. "I'm looking forward to working in this capacity."
As a School Board member, Privett said she concerned herself with educational issues for young students. But as a City Council member, "I'll be thinking about the entire population," she said.
Privett said she is eager to step onto the team and is looking forward to the role she'll play in Manassas Park's future. Privett has lived in the city for 15 years.
"We just know you're going to do a great job," Mayor Ernest L. Evans said, moments after council members delivered their votes.
Parks's term expires in June. Privett said she hopes to run for the seat in the next election.
"I'll see how I do first, but I'm excited about it," she said.
A pressing item on the city's agenda will be finding a replacement for her on the School Board. The city has 45 days to advertise the position, hold interviews and then appoint someone.
Privett said she will fight, along with other city officials, to make Manassas Park a more viable business option for small and large industries.
"It's exciting," she said. "And I'm looking forward to getting started."