VINTON–Vinton Town Council has selected Janet Scheid to serve on Town Council to complete the term of Wes Nance who resigned on July 2. She will be sworn in this week—within 45 days of Nance’s resignation– as is required by state law. Her term will expire on June 30, 2016.
Six citizens applied for the position. All were interviewed individually by council on July 22 and 23. Council met in closed session on August 5 to consider the applicants.
They met again in a special closed session on August 10 to make their decision and then returned to Council Chambers to nominate Scheid and take a vote—which was unanimous.
Scheid is currently Vinton’s representative to the Roanoke Greenway Commission. She spent the early years of her career with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
She and her husband, Bud LaRoche, moved to Roanoke in 1988, where she began work as a planner for Roanoke County. In 2008, she moved to the County’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department where she served as the county’s Greenway Planner.
Scheid is well-known throughout the region for her efforts on behalf of the Greenway and the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.
Her experience in local and federal government, her knowledge of stormwater management issues, and her work with the Greenway will make her especially valuable as a council member in the coming months when many of those issues will dominate council discussions.
Her first official meeting as a member of council will be on August 18.