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Appomattox Town Manager
April 11, 2016

Mayor Paul Harvey and the Appomattox Town Council announce the hiring of Philipp Gabathuler as the Town Manager for the Town of Appomattox. Mr. Gabathuler will be succeeding Bill Gillespie who has been the Town Manager for the past five (5) years.

Mr. Gabathuler will be leaving his current position as Senior Planner with the Region 2000 Local Government Council and beginning his new duties as the Town’s Manager on June 1, 2016.

Mr. Gabathuler completed his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, College of Architecture and Urban Studies in 2009. Mr. Gabathuler is a member of the American Planning Association and currently holds leadership positions with several area non-profits including the Daily Bread, Inc. and the Lynchburg Area Food Council. He was recognized for his dedication to community service by Lynchburg’s City Council by receiving the 2016 Vice Mayor’s Award for Excellence. His professional certifications include being accredited with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Program.  Mr. Gabathuler stated, “The community knowledge and relationships built through working extensively with the Town in my tenure at the Region 2000 Local Government Council will pay great dividends as we move forward together on June 1, 2016.”

Mayor Harvey stated, “We want to welcome Mr. Gabathuler as our Town Manager. Since he has helped develop the Town Comprehensive Plan, he is aware of the Town’s initiatives and plans for the future of Appomattox and the efforts and time designing an overall community Master Plan.  We are confident he will continue our work to complete this Master Plan as well as the priorities concerning revitalization of the business district, improvements and expansion of infrastructure, redesign of existing parks, and restoring the train depot among others.  We feel Mr. Gabathuler’s experience with local governments will be vital to these accomplishments”.

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