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Farmville Town Council Members

Meet David Whitus

David Whitus was first elected to Farmville Town Council in July 1998; his first term as mayor began in July 2014. Whitus graduated from Longwood College in 1983 with a B.A. degree in Business Adminstration with concentration in Management and Finance.

Chief among the mayor’s duties is serving as CEO of the town. The mayor presides at council meetings and is an ex efficio member of all committees. The mayor also makes appointments to all council committees.

Whitus, who has always been interested in government, sees serving as mayor as a civic duty. He is a member of the Farmville Chamber of Commerce and was recently named an honorary member of the Farmville Lions Club.

During his tenure as mayor, Whitus has been instrumental in building relationships with Longwood University, which he regards as “the engine that drives our town.” Future goals include a renewed focus on county-town relations.

A native of Farmville, Whitus is the first Longwood graduate to serve as mayor. Whitus currently serves as director of administration, marketing and development for The Woodland. He enjoys reading and travel in his spare time and resides in Farmville with his wife Wanda.

Meet Chuckie Reid

A. D. “Chuckie” Reid’s first term with town council began in 1986; he is currently serving his second term as vice mayor. Reid attended Southside Virginia Community College and served four years in the United States Air Force.

Reid chairs the Personnel Committee and serves on the Infrastructure (water/sewer/roads) Committee and Special Project Committee. As vice mayor Reid assumes the duties of the mayor in his absence or unavailability. He is also a member of the Governor’s Local Government Transition Council.

A member of “the lost generation” affected by the 1959-64 Prince Edward County school closing, Reid returned to Farmville after completing his military service. His decision to run for town council was inspired by the late Rev. L. Francis Griffin who believed “working with people is a great thing.” Reid is a member of the Royal Supremes and the Community Helpers of Prince Edward and serves as vice president of the Moton Museum Board.

To improve communication with constituents in Ward C, Reid and fellow councilman Donald Hunter hold regularly town hall meetings. Reid sees the new library and opening of the Immigration Centers of America (ICA) as major accomplishments during his tenure on council.

Reid has worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Farmville for 24 years. Hobbies include reading and music, and he resides in Farmville with his wife Frances.

Meet Greg Cole

Greg Cole, elected to town council in 2014, holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

Cole chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee and serves on the Finance and Ordinance, Personnel, Town Property and Buildings and Ethics committees.

Cole, who has been in Farmville 21 years, decided to run for town council to give something back to “a town that has been really good to me and my family.”

Other civic activities for Cole include membership in the Farmville Rotary Club and the Farmville Lions Club; currently he is club president.

Town finances have been a major focus for Cole since being elected to town council. The Finance and Ordinance Committee looks at ways to save the taxpayers money with planned rather than reactionary spending. As a result the town is more cash fluid and has reduced its debt. Cole is pleased to assist town residents who contact him with issues and problems. He noted that generally a call to the town office is all that is needed to resolve an issue.

Cole currently serves as president and CEO of The Woodland. He enjoys golf and lives in Farmville with his wife Roberta. The Coles have two children.

Meet Jamie Davis

J. J. “Jamie“ Davis, a native of Cumberland, was elected to town council in July 2012. Davis moved to Farmville and opened a flooring business in 1999.

Davis currently chairs the Finance and Ordinance Committee and is a member of the Infrastructure (water/sewer/roads) and Ethics committees.

Davis sees serving on town council as a way to help the community continue positive growth. As chair of the Finance Committee Davis works with the town manager to prepare the budget with an eye toward reducing town debt, an ongoing process in which the council is making significant progress.

Davis is a member of the Farmville Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Prince Edward-Farmville Youth Association (PEFYA). He is also a PEFYA coach.

Serving on the Town Assets and Resources Committee, Davis helped establish the Dr. Geary Dog Park, a project he considers a great accomplishment for the community.

Davis is the owner of Custom Floors. When not on the job, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ginger and their children Worth and Ryder.

Meet Daniel Dwyer

Daniel E, Dwyer began his first term on town council in July 2014. He is a graduate of James Madison University with a B.S. in Economics.

Dwyer currently chairs the FERN (Farmville Enhancement of Roads and Neighborhoods) Committee and is a member of the Town Property/Buildings Committee. The FERN project, launched to beautify Farmville with 34 proposed garden sites is a favorite of Dwyer’s, and sponsorships have already been sold for some sites.

Dwyer is an active member of the Farmville Rotary Club. He sees serving on town council as an opportunity to do more for the town.

Dwyer played an integral role in establishing the Dr. Erica Geary Dog Park and sees it as a great addition to the town. Dwyer believes the dog park is an asset that could persuade new businesses and residents to locate in Farmville.

Dwyer is commercial printing manager for Farmville Printing. He enjoys fitness and exercise in his spare time, and resides in Farmville with his wife Cathy. The Dwyers have one son, Jake.

Meet Donald Hunter

Donald L. Hunter has served on the town council since July 2004. Born in New York, Hunter came to Farmville in 1984. He received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from of Kaplan University.

Hunter currently chairs the Ethics and Public Safety committees and serves on the Finance and Ordinance, Personnel, and Parks and Recreation committees.

Hunter helped organize the town’s recreation department. Hunter believes local youth need structured activities in order to grow into well-rounded individuals. The Farmville Recreation Department now offers summer day camps, fitness and movement programs and martial arts classes. Hunter’s experience in law enforcement provides professional insight on public safety issues. To be more accessible to residents in Ward D, he holds regular town hall meetings.

Hunter is president of the Farmville Volunteer Fire Department and is a member of Piedmont Community Supporters and Smoove Rydaz Motorcycle Club.

Hunter is superintendent of the Piedmont Regional Jail. He lives in Farmville and has one child.

Meet Thomas Pairet

Thomas Pairet was first elected to town council in July 2010. He attended Louisburg College in North Carolina before returning to the third-generation family business opened by his grandfather on Main Street in 1945.

Pairet currently chairs the Infrastructure (water/sewer/roads) Committee and is a member of the Public Safety Committee. Previously he served on the Town Assets & Resources Committee.

Building town and county connections has been a major focus for Pairet, who has been pleased to see improvements during his tenure on council. Pairet’s work with the Public Safety Committee includes improved lighting and safety for Longwood students who walk to Lancer Park housing. Crosswalks installed at student crossings are another safety improvement he believes has benefitted the town.

Although obligations of running a family business prevent Pairet from participating in civic clubs or organizations, he remains a strong supporter of the Town of Farmville. He believes serving on town council or in other capacities is vital for the town and hopes other citizens will be inspired to do likewise.

Pairet operates Pairet’s Inc. on Main Street that specializes in custom screen printing. He and his wife Penny have two children, Samantha and Thomas.

Meet Sally Thompson

Sally Thompson began her first term on town council in July 2007. A retired teacher, Thompson received her B.A. degree in Education from Duke University.

Thompson currently chairs the Town Property and Buildings Committee and serves on the Public Safety, Parks and Recreation and Special Project Committees.

Thompson remains active in the field of education, volunteering at Prince Edward Elementary School. She also works with Longwood University students in Beyond the Numbers, a program that helps area youngsters develop academic success. Thompson is a member of the Economic Development Committee for the Virginia Municipal League. Recently she spoke at Girls State held at Longwood University, sharing her views on women and government.

Thompson previously served on the committee to organize the Farmers Market in Farmville. Construction of a new library was another major accomplishment for the town during her tenure.

Before retiring Thompson taught for 25 years in North Carolina and another five at Prince Edward County Elementary School. She enjoys reading and is a member of a local book club. She and her husband Willie reside in Farmville.

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