Mayor and Council Members

Town Council Mission

As stewards worthy of community trust, we work to discern, define, and implement an agenda to nurture and preserve our residents’ quality of life. Through Town Council policies and leadership, we foster an open, cooperative, and admired model government that encourages full public participation and ensures the level of services our citizens expect and deserve.

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Town Council Members

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Mayor Kwasi Fraser

Having resided in Purcellville since 2006, Kwasi Fraser, his wife, Angela, and their three children settled in Purcellville because they like its balance of old and new, its small town warmth, and consider it a great place to raise their family. During the past few years, Fraser has actively engaged in community service including youth sports and school activities.

Fraser’s distinguished corporate career includes significant bottom line contributions at AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Marriott International, and Verizon. In his current position and as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he provides leadership in operational efficiency, revenue growth, and sustainability.

In addition to his corporate experience and strong work ethic, Fraser possesses an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, an Executive Education certificate from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stony Brook University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute.

As Mayor of Purcellville, Kwasi Fraser, along with his fellow town council members, is actively working to place the needs of Purcellville's citizens first to preserve their quality of life and also to create lasting value for the town.

Current Term of Office: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 

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Vice-Mayor Karen Jimmerson

Karen Jimmerson moved to Northern Virginia in 1992 while her husband was serving in the Marine Corps and in the same decade became a resident of Loudoun County. After residing in Leesburg for many years, Karen and her husband Richard chose Purcellville for the high quality of living, great schools, and wonderful small town atmosphere. Karen is a stay at home mom with three daughters who currently attend the local public high school, middle school, and elementary school. She currently serves as Secretary on the Old Dominion Valley HOA Board and is an active school and community volunteer.

Current Term of Office: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018

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Council Member Doug McCollum

Doug, a 1st-term Council member, is an eight-year resident of Purcellville and a lifetime resident of the greater D.C. area. He is a retired attorney and a graduate of Duke University and GWU Law. In Purcellville, he has served for 2 years on the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, 4 years on the Planning Commission with 2 years as Chair. The Council appointed him to serve as Council Representative on the Planning Commission for the next 2 years. He has been a member of the Board of the Courts of St. Francis HOA since 2007 and president from 2009 through July 2014. He has also been an election officer for 2 elections. He is married with 2 sons and 7 grandchildren.

Current Term of Office: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018

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Council Member Kelli Grim

Kelli Grim has been a resident of Purcellville for 9 years. When looking for a small town that had a strong mix of historic charm, eclectic businesses, and great educational opportunities, Kelli and her family made Purcellville their home. It was everything that was described in the Comprehensive Plan that gave them the sense that Purcellville was a true “small town America” place to raise their family.

Kelli has over 30 years of leadership, strategic planning, sales, and marketing experience in business for both public and private sectors in which more than half was as a successful residential and commercial realtor. She has coached youth basketball, volunteered as a judge and coach for the Odyssey of the Mind program, and has remained actively involved in school, church, and community volunteering. She became a board member of the Hirst Farm Homeowners Association 9 years ago at its inception, served as President for 3 years, and currently serves as Treasurer.  Kelli has attended most town committee, commission, board and council meetings for 8 years and is an advocate for the citizens and businesses in the community. 

Kelli and her husband Bobby reside in Hirst Farm with their daughter Abigail and four rescued pets that include three dogs and a rabbit.

Current Term of Office: May 6, 2016 - June 30, 2018

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Council Member Chris Bledsoe

Chris and his wife, Kamie, are both native Virginians and have raised two daughters in Loudoun County Public Schools, both graduating from Loudoun Valley High School.  Their family moved to Loudoun County in 1989 and to Purcellville in 2003.  Very active in the town of Purcellville during his time here, Bledsoe served as a member and Chairman of the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board over a period of six years and as a Commissioner on the town's Planning Commission where he also completed training to become a Certified Planning Commissioner.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Old Dominion Valley Homeowners' Association.  Bledsoe is a Program Manager for Vidsys, Inc., a software company based in Vienna, VA.  He has more than thirty years of IT experience and twenty years of consulting and program management experience.

Current Term of Office: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020

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Council Member Ryan Cool

Ryan J. Cool is an 8 year resident of Purcellville and is the proud Father of two children, Ashlyn and Ryan Jr “RJ”.

His focus in serving the Citizens of Purcellville mirrors what citizens have voiced concern over for years:  fiscal discipline, maintain our small Town character, and managed growth that maintains our small Town character while also being fiscally responsible.

Ryan’s core belief is that Government is only effective when the community is involved making all views known, those opinions are acknowledged, and decisions are made by individuals who have the entire community in mind.

Serving on the Town Council requires being a proactive advocate on behalf of the residents, the issues, and the needs of Purcellville.  Citizens often forget that elected officials work for them. They are not to represent their own personal interests or those of others with whom they have certain specific and special interests. My #1 priority is the people of Purcellville and any others in the greater Purcellville community that have a stake in the future of this great Town.

Ryan has an MA in Public Policy from the University at Albany, a BA in Political Science from SUNY Potsdam and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).  His professional background includes Policy Analysis, Financial and Project Management, and Congressional Affairs.

Current Term of Office: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020

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Council Member Nedim Ogelman

Nedim Ogelman became involved in town government to help make sure Purcellville puts citizens before special interests.  A lifelong student and practicioner of good democratic governance, Nedim has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Government and History from The Colorado College.  He completed Virginia's 83rd Certified Planning Commissioner Program in 2015.  His commitment to responsive local governance is founded on five pillars:  honesty, transparency, commitment, discipline, and patience.
Current Term of Office: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020

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Photos of Mayor Fraser and Council Members Jimmerson and McCollum courtesy of Scott Crawford; Photo of Council Member Chris Bledsoe courtesy of Mike Beaty; Photos of Council Members Grim, Cool, and Ogelman are contributed photos.