Attorney General says Front Royal Mayor resigned council seat when taking oath

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report Newspaper

In a formal opinion released Dec. 11, Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell says that Front Royal Mayor Eugene Tewalt’s decision to take his oath of office for mayor 6 days prior to assuming the office was tantamount to immediately resigning from the town council seat he vacated to assume the new post.

This issue is the subject of heated debate in Front Royal where Town Attorney Thomas Robinett is asking Circuit Court Judge Dennis Hupp, whose name is repeatedly misspelled in the attorney general’s written opinion, to ratify the council’s appointment of Shae Parker, who may or may not be a sitting member of town council.

This is a developing story.

Read the entire opinion of the Virginia Attorney General.

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