Press Release – Melissa Hynes Appointed New Town Administrator


The Round Hill Town Council unanimously voted to appoint Melissa K. Hynes as its next Town Administrator at its October 4, 2018 meeting. Hynes has been the Town Planner and Zoning Administrator since 2014. Hynes was the only candidate interviewed for the position after the previous Town Administrator Buster Nicholson submitted his resignation two weeks ago to become the Director of Public Works in Purcellville.

“The Town Council has been able to evaluate Melissa’s performance for the past four years, and is confident she can make this step up in responsibility,” said Mayor Scott Ramsey. “It would have been unfair to waste the time of other candidates and prolong the process with an outside search when our discussions revealed the universal Council sentiment toward appointing Melissa.”

Hynes is enthusiastic about her new role. “I have been lucky to work with Buster Nicholson for over four years on various projects and initiatives,” said Hynes. “He has been dedicated to get projects such as the Main Street Project and the Yatton Loop Project to construction phase. I am excited to carry these important capital projects to completion without losing momentum or causing any delays.”

“Her ability to hit the ground running with her knowledge of our Town, our staff and our Council will be very valuable with so many ongoing projects and open positions,” Ramsey said. “As Town Planner, she spearheaded the rewrite of our Comprehensive Plan last year and has conducted our Strategic Planning meetings the last two years.”

“Melissa knows every issue facing Round Hill right now and the priorities of our citizens and Town Council,” added Ramsey. “Over the last several years she had also taken on many administrative tasks beyond just planning and zoning, including project management. Her energy and dedication to this Town has been impressive and she earned this position.”

In addition to the newly vacant position of Town Planner, the Town still needs to hire a permanent Treasurer. The Town’s previous Treasurer, Angela Fletcher, resigned in June to become Director of Finance in Strasburg.

Hynes is focused on internal operations as a priority in the coming months. She wants to make the transition period as seamless as possible. Hynes explained “my first goal is to fill the vacant positions, including the Town Planner position, so that we can kick-off our strategic planning and preparations for the FY2020 Town Budget with a full team.”

“As a small town we often are a stepping stone in someone’s career progression. In this case, though, Melissa’s next step can be right here in Round Hill,” said Ramsey.

Hynes is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is currently enrolled in their Mid-Career Manager’s Institute. She is a Certified Zoning Administrator through the Virginia Zoning Officials Association (VAZO) and a Certified Planning Commissioner and member of the American Planning Association (APA). After graduating with a degree in social science and a concentration in urban studies from Towson University in 2006, she has served for the past 12 years in local government as a planning and zoning official in Hagerstown, Westminster and Lovettsville prior to joining Round Hill as Town Planner and Zoning Administrator in 2014.

For more information contact Melissa Hynes at (540) 338-7878 or [email protected]