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Request for Auditing Services Town of Pennington Gap

The Town Council of The Town of Pennington Gap requests qualified independent certified public accountants to submit proposals to enter into a term contract to perform a financial audit for each of the fiscal years ended June 30, 2022 through 2025(Renewable).

Sealed proposals will be received until 4:00 p.m. on June 1, 2022.

Tina Rowe
528 Industrial Drive
Pennington Gap, VA 24277

If proposals are mailed, send directly to the local government address shown above.

See the attached document below for more information.

Scouts in the River Greenway Clean-up

Scout troops in the area will lead the way in the annual greenway clean-up, Saturday, April 23 from 8am to 12pm with lunch provided. Anyone interested in helping clean the river along the greenway and beyond can show up with appropriate attire, boots and gloves. The town will have pickers, gloves, trash bags and snacks. Town employees will run shuttles from the starting point at the corner of Riverbend Shopping Center (Food City) out the greenway and into Leeman Field. Bags and large items will also be picked up along the way. Past years have gleaned several tons of garbage from the river and banks. Town crews have been working hard to eliminate undergrowth that catches litter. Any business or individual who would like to donate $25 or more to help with supplies, snacks, lunch, drinks or donate any of those items will have a sponsorship name on the t-shirt. First 100 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, email or call 276-546-1177.

Taking Applications for Parks and Recreation Director

The Town of Pennington Gap is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Director of Parks and Recreation.  We are looking for an individual who will provide professional leadership that will positively affect both the department and the community.  Salary will be based on experience.  The director should be a self-starter, progressive, energetic, and visionary in providing parks and recreation services to the Town.  

Successful candidates must possess comprehensive knowledge of public recreation and park operations and have experience with current recreational organization policies, services, and equipment.  The ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with town officials and the public and to promote community interest and enthusiasm in recreational activities is key to this position.  

Under the direct supervision of the Town Manager: plan, organize, manage, oversee and direct the operations and services of parks and recreation, which includes: budget for the department, planning activities, maintenance of the park, landscaping for the park, advertising for park events (sports, town celebrations, and other), attend monthly council meetings and will be required to work most weekends.

Minimum Qualifications:
 1.  Must have a current driver’s license
 2.  This position will require passing a background check and drug screening.
 3.  Must be at least 18 years of age.

Other Qualifications:
 1. 2 years or more experience in park and recreation management;
 2.  Good oral and written communication skills, social media experience, and marketing experience.  

For more information or an application, please see attachment below or contact Town Hall at 276-546-1177.  All applications should be submitted to the town hall by March 11th at 4 pm.  

TOPG is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Miss Rock Around the Clock 1950’s Themed Beauty Pageant Entry Forms

Miss Rock Around the Clock Pageant entry forms are available to download below. The pageant will start on March 26th, 2022 at 2 PM. Doors will open at 12:30 PM. Contestants will have the opportunity to compete in both 1950’s themed Outfit of Choice and Pageant Attire. Competing in both is not a requirement. Entry fee is $50 for participation in both categories or $35 for one category. There will be in-person sign-ups Wednesday and Thursday, March 23rd and 24th, from 4-6 PM at the Pennington Gap Community Center. No sign-ups on day of pageant.

Make checks payable to: Town of Pennington Gap
Mail entries to: Town of Pennington 528 Industrial Dr, Pennington Gap, VA 24277
For more information contact Tony Lawson at 276-546-4000 or email

Please see the attached form below. You can also get entry forms at Town Hall Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Public Hearing-Budget Amendment

The town will hold a public hearing for an amendment to the 2021-2022 budget prior to the regular council meeting on Monday, December 20 at 6 PM, 528 Industrial Dr. Pennington Gap, VA. For more information, call 276-546-1177 x 2.

Pennington Gap represented at VML annual conference, Vice-Mayor Carson installed as VML President-Elect

For Immediate Release: Oct. 28, 2021 Contact: Rob Bullington,

The Virginia Municipal League (VML) held its annual conference October 3rd-5th in Leesburg. This was the first in-person conference for VML in two years. Over 500 people from across the Commonwealth, including officials and staff from VML member local governments, attended the event. The Town of Pennington Gap was represented by Town Manager Keith Harless, Assistant Town Manager Brian Skidmore, and Councilmember Gary McElyea who were on hand to approve the election of Pennington Gap Vice-Mayor Jill Carson to the position of VML PresidentElect during the league’s annual business meeting held on the second day of the conference. Ms. Carson was previously VML’s Vice President.

Also approved during the meeting was the 2022 Legislative Program which outlines the needs of local governments to be prioritized during the coming year of VML lobbying during legislative sessions. The 2022 Legislative Program is available on VML’s website here.

The Town of Pennington Gap was also highlighted at the conference with an exhibition table staffed by Lee Theater manager Tony Lawson and volunteer Jennifer Lawson who promoted the town to conference attendees. Mrs. Lawson also participated in a discussion recorded for an upcoming episode of the league’s podcast, The VML Voice (to be aired in November). As part of the exhibit package, the town will receive a full-page promotional advertisement in an upcoming issue of VML’s magazine, Virginia Town & City. During the conference, the Pennington Gap cohort benefited from dozens of educational sessions that covered a range of topics relevant to local governments. These included topics ranging from the permitted uses of the American Rescue Plan funds to the proper way to handle disagreements during council meetings. The full schedule of offerings is available here. While in Leesburg, Councilmember McElyea participated in a post-conference golf event with VML Executive Director Michelle Gowdy during which his wife, Betsy, took home the door-prize!

More information about the benefits of VML membership are available on the league’s website here. To learn more about the Virginia Municipal League, visit