Treasurer vies to be county supervisor

Posted: December 8, 2012

The Winchester Star

Angela Fritts Whitacre

WINCHESTER — A lifelong area resident wants to fill the remainder of outgoing Frederick County Supervisor Ross Spicer’s term.

Angela Fritts Whitacre, 39, grew up in Frederick and Clarke counties and has lived in Gore for 14 years. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Shenandoah University and has worked as a deputy treasurer in the county Treasurer’s Office since February 2002.

“I enjoy pubic service,” Whitacre said Friday. “I see this as a way to give back to the community. I think it would be a great opportunity.”

Spicer, 47, is the Gainesboro District supervisor and the deputy commonwealth’s attorney. But he must resign his supervisor post at the end of the year after he assumes the position of interim commonwealth’s attorney following Glenn Williamson’s retirement.

Spicer ran unopposed for the board in November 2011, and his term, which will be filled through a special election after the board appoints an interim supervisor, continues until Dec. 31, 2015.

Whitacre, a Republican, said she would be willing to run in the special election if she was appointed on an interim basis.

If selected to fill Spicer’s seat, Whitacre said, she would make use of her background in accounting and focus on financial issues the county faces. Whitacre, whose husband is a firefighter, added that she is also interested in public safety.

She said she would also like to find ways to make the county government an “employer of choice” that will attract and retain qualified professionals.

“I’ve lived here and I think it’s a really good community,” Whitacre said. “I’d be honored to represent [the citizens].”

Following the effective date of Spicer’s resignation, the Board of Supervisors will have 15 days to petition the Frederick County Circuit Court to hold a special election to fill the remainder of his term.

It will have 45 days to appoint an interim supervisor, and that person will be on the special election’s ballot, according to County Administrator John R. Riley Jr.

Supervisors receive an annual compensation of $9,900, Riley said.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com