The personnel committee of the Purcellville Town Council selected Gregory Wagner on Tuesday evening to fill the remaining term of Russell G. Cox Jr., who resigned in October.
Wagner's name will be presented to the full council at its regular meeting next Tuesday, but he faces a good chance that the council will split 3 to 3 on his nomination.
Wagner, one of eight candidates, is an associate of Booz Allen Hamilton.
Before the vote by the three-member committee, the six members of the full council tried unsuccessfully to agree on one candidate. There was no winner after two rounds of straw voting.
Although the three-member committee made the selection, the six-member council actively participated in interviewing and ranking candidates. On Nov. 23, all candidates were given an hour-long interview attended by all members.
After Tuesday's meeting, Wagner said he would do no lobbying in the next week. "I've already spoken to everyone and answered questions," he said. "There's nothing else I can do."
Virginia doesn't allow for special elections when such vacancies occur, so an appointment must be made. If the council cannot agree on a candidate Tuesday, the issue will be turned over to the courts for a decision.
Former council member Cox resigned in October after losing an appeal of a felony tax fraud conviction. He is awaiting sentencing.
The other candidates are Kendra S. Herlig, an independent training and communications consultant; Paul D. Arbogast Sr., former vice mayor; Scott King Walker, an instructor at Patrick Henry College; James R. Vogt, an export cargo agent; Amy L. Booth, senior account manager at Network Access Solutions; Robert W. Lazaro Jr., assistant to the chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; and Sheila L. Kelly, a program analyst at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.