City of Fairfax mayor plans to resign after sex-for-drugs arrest

WASHINGTON — City of Fairfax, Virginia, Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne plans to resign at noon Thursday. His resignation comes after his arrest last week in what police say was a sex-for-methamphetamine deal.

The City of Fairfax said in a release that the City Council has scheduled a special meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the City Hall Annex at 10455 Armstrong St. in Fairfax.

Fairfax County police arrested the three-time mayor Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner. He and two other men that police said were his suppliers were arrested for distribution of methamphetamine.

When an undercover detective met with Silverthorne at the hotel, police said Silverthorne provided two grams of methamphetamine.

The detective had been in contact with Silverthorned through a website used to arrange encounters between men, and then by text message.

Silverthorne will be arraigned Wednesday on charges of felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Silverthorne on Aug. 5 appointed Council member Jeff Greenfield to be the acting mayor.

“The City of Faifax City Council appreciates Mr. Silverthorne’s longstanding dedication to the community. He has served the City of Fairfax as a Coucilmember and Mayor for more than a quarter century. The community has benefited from his dedication and his vision for making Fairfax an excellent place to live and work,” Greenfield wrote in announcing his appointment over the weekend.

The City of Fairfax says city operations are continuing as usual. Day-to-day operations are administered by a city manager.

Colleen Kelleher

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