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PULASKI — The applicants for Pulaski Town Council offer a variety of professional backgrounds that range from an emergency medical technician and a former downtown merchant to a marketing specialist and a Radford University professor.
Town Manager John Hawley said it is his understanding that the Town Council intends to call a special meeting to interview each of the applicants in open forum. The Council has 45 days to appoint someone to complete the two years left on former Councilman Jeff Worrell’s term. Worrell was elected mayor in May and was required to resign from the council before assuming his duties as mayor on July 1.
Copies of the applicants’ submissions were made available to the council members Wednesday. Hawley had left them unopened until handing them over to Worrell Tuesday night for opening.
Citizens for the Betterment of Pulaski (CBP) submitted petitions to the council Tuesday night asking that H.M. Kidd, the council candidate coming in fourth in May’s election, receive the appointment.
Both Kidd and Glenn Baublitz Jr., the fifth- place finisher in May’s town council race, are among the eight people who are applying for the position.
Following is an alphabetical list of the applicants, along with a brief description of their backgrounds:
Michael (Mike) G. Aamodt of Lee Highway:
Aamodt says his interest in the town council seat “comes from a desire to become more active in the Pulaski community.”
A Radford University psychology professor, he says his experience as a professor and a consultant in human resource management can “provide a unique and positive perspective to council.”
“I can best contribute to council in human resource matters as well as business development and retention,” he says in his letter of interest. “I am a good listener, open-minded in considering various viewpoints, and a rational decision-maker.”
Aamodt says he can help the town “tap” potential resources at RU and New River Community College.
“Pulaski is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, a message that needs to be communicated often to the faculty and staff at RU.”
He goes on to say he has experience in police psychology and has worked with police departments in developing selection tests, structured interviews and performance appraisal systems.
He said he has “an excellent professional relationship with (Pulaski Police) Chief (Gary) Roche.”
Aamodt attached a 13-page resume with his letter outlining his professional experience and activities, his education, articles and books he has published, conference presentations he has given, his editorial experience, awards and honors he has received, professional memberships and offices, university committees and offices, and community activities.
Glenn W. Bublitz Jr. of Collins Drive:
Baublitz points out that by running for council in May he already has shown a “serious interest” in becoming part of council. He said his eligibility already has been qualified by the state and “ratified” by Pulaski citizens through the collection of required signatures to run.
He says he has operated a “successful (contracting) business” in southwestern Virginia for 15 years, having started it with $1,500 and some classes sponsored by Pulaski’s Small Business Development Center.
“My company is now frequently involved in multi-million dollar projects throughout the state. It is this practical business knowledge and over 30 years of construction background that has given me the ability to mentor other small business owners and subcontractors.”
Baublitz says his main focus during the past 30 years has been commercial and industrial construction. He has either built or been the superintendent or project manager for municipal water and sewer projects, large infrastructure and developmental projects, motels, restaurants, school additions, municipal water storage tanks, among others.
He says he has completed 114 projects during the past five years, with all either completed on time or ahead of schedule and all “on budget.” Plus, he says he has a “thorough understanding” of budgeting, zoning, bid processes, tax laws and inspection requirements.
Elbert G. Black Jr. of Pulaski:
Black points out he is a former councilman with eight years experience. He says he never missed a meeting during his terms.
Black is a member of the town’s Grievance Committee, is a former chairman of the Ordinance Committee and is a member of the Agency on Aging.
He is retired from Norfolk Southern Railway and has 28 years of business experience.
Robert N. (Nick) Glenn of Pulaski:
In his resume, Glenn states that he is a 1970 graduate of Pulaski High School and received a business/finance degree from Virginia Tech in 1974.
He presently serves as president and CEO of Glenn Insurance Agency and project manager for Gem City Management LLC.
Glenn was on the town council from 1984 to 1988, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Pete Crawford from 1989-1990, and also served from 1990 to 1994. He is chairman of the New River Valley Airport Commission and Pulaski Planning Commission, was vice chair of the inactive Pulaski Flood Mitigation Committee and is an alternate of Pulaski’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
Marilyn Hitesman of Collins Drive:
Hitesman came to Pulaski from Minnesota eight years ago. She has kept busy with various hobbies, remodeling jobs, helping friends, and “applauding as I see Pulaski beginning to overcome obstacles and starting to bloom again.”
“Although my business experience does not directly relate to the position for which I am applying, I feel confident that my people skills, energy, and general business acumen would help me to quickly meet and, hopefully, even exceed your expectations for this position,” she adds.
According to her resume, Hitesman has been a homemaker since 2000, was a product development manager from 1995-2000, was a senior training specialist from 1994-1995, and a technical lead, system test analyst from 1988-1994.
H.M. Kidd of Pulaski:
Kidd was the fourth runner-up in May’s council election.
He says he is still interested in the position, and he believes he “can and will do whatever it takes to make Pulaski a much better place.”
He said he will work with the town council, the town staff and the public as a team to accomplish goals and objectives. He said he would like to see people’s perceptions of the town change in order to spur growth. While new industry would “be wonderful,” he said, five to 10 small businesses would provide much-needed jobs.
Kidd has been employed by Regional Emergency Medical Technicians Inc. as an emergency medical technician since 1999.
He was a mailroom foreman at The Southwest Times from 1989-2000 and a construction laborer from 1986-1989.
Chasity Stevens of North Jefferson Avenue:
A native of Pulaski, Stevens works from Pulaski as a senior art director for a Richmond marketing agency.
She said her husband, Chris, is the fifth generation of his family to serve the town by operating Stevens Funeral Home, a “century old business.”
She said she helps large companies, such as Sony Electronics and General Mills, succeed through branding, advertising and public relations projects. “I feel that my expertise and experience in marketing can be applied to our town — especially to aid in overcoming the untrue, negative perception that many folks have of Pulaski.”
Stevens conducted her master’s degree thesis research on the revitalization of small-town downtowns as a result of her interest in downtown Pulaski.
Prior to her work with Powerpact, LLC, she was an art director from 1998-2000 and a graphic designer from February 1998 to August 1998. She is a member of the board of directors for Pulaski Theatre and a founding member of Rotary Club of the New River Valley, served as marketing and public relations director for Relay for Life, and is a volunteer for the LOGOS Program at First Presbyterian Church.
Robert E. Wallace of Pleasant Hill Drive:
A life-long resident of the Town of Pulaski, Wallace is a former town merchant and has been active in many local civic organizations.
He was chairman of the Jaycees Christmas Parade when Miss America Kylene Barker was grand marshal. He said “no other Christmas parade has produced the number of parade participants and on-lookers as that year.”
He is actively involved in the Main Street Program, including designing the logo.
He was the president of the Merchants Council which pre-dated the Main Street organization.
He has a B.S. and M.S. in psychology, counselor education and human development from Radford University.

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Candidates have diverse backgrounds

PULASKI — The applicants for Pulaski Town Council offer a variety of professional backgrounds that range from an emergency medical technician and a former downtown merchant to a marketing specialist and a Radford University professor.
Town Manager John Hawley said it is his understanding that the Town Council intends to call a special meeting to interview each of the applicants in open forum. The Council has 45 days to appoint someone to complete the two years left on former Councilman Jeff Worrell’s term. Worrell was elected mayor in May and was required to resign from the council before assuming his duties as mayor on July 1.
Copies of the applicants’ submissions were made available to the council members Wednesday. Hawley had left them unopened until handing them over to Worrell Tuesday night for opening.
Citizens for the Betterment of Pulaski (CBP) submitted petitions to the council Tuesday night asking that H.M. Kidd, the council candidate coming in fourth in May’s election, receive the appointment.
Both Kidd and Glenn Baublitz Jr., the fifth- place finisher in May’s town council race, are among the eight people who are applying for the position.
Following is an alphabetical list of the applicants, along with a brief description of their backgrounds:
Michael (Mike) G. Aamodt of Lee Highway:
Aamodt says his interest in the town council seat “comes from a desire to become more active in the Pulaski community.”
A Radford University psychology professor, he says his experience as a professor and a consultant in human resource management can “provide a unique and positive perspective to council.”
“I can best contribute to council in human resource matters as well as business development and retention,” he says in his letter of interest. “I am a good listener, open-minded in considering various viewpoints, and a rational decision-maker.”
Aamodt says he can help the town “tap” potential resources at RU and New River Community College.
“Pulaski is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, a message that needs to be communicated often to the faculty and staff at RU.”
He goes on to say he has experience in police psychology and has worked with police departments in developing selection tests, structured interviews and performance appraisal systems.
He said he has “an excellent professional relationship with (Pulaski Police) Chief (Gary) Roche.”
Aamodt attached a 13-page resume with his letter outlining his professional experience and activities, his education, articles and books he has published, conference presentations he has given, his editorial experience, awards and honors he has received, professional memberships and offices, university committees and offices, and community activities.
Glenn W. Bublitz Jr. of Collins Drive:
Baublitz points out that by running for council in May he already has shown a “serious interest” in becoming part of council. He said his eligibility already has been qualified by the state and “ratified” by Pulaski citizens through the collection of required signatures to run.
He says he has operated a “successful (contracting) business” in southwestern Virginia for 15 years, having started it with $1,500 and some classes sponsored by Pulaski’s Small Business Development Center.
“My company is now frequently involved in multi-million dollar projects throughout the state. It is this practical business knowledge and over 30 years of construction background that has given me the ability to mentor other small business owners and subcontractors.”
Baublitz says his main focus during the past 30 years has been commercial and industrial construction. He has either built or been the superintendent or project manager for municipal water and sewer projects, large infrastructure and developmental projects, motels, restaurants, school additions, municipal water storage tanks, among others.
He says he has completed 114 projects during the past five years, with all either completed on time or ahead of schedule and all “on budget.” Plus, he says he has a “thorough understanding” of budgeting, zoning, bid processes, tax laws and inspection requirements.
Elbert G. Black Jr. of Pulaski:
Black points out he is a former councilman with eight years experience. He says he never missed a meeting during his terms.
Black is a member of the town’s Grievance Committee, is a former chairman of the Ordinance Committee and is a member of the Agency on Aging.
He is retired from Norfolk Southern Railway and has 28 years of business experience.
Robert N. (Nick) Glenn of Pulaski:
In his resume, Glenn states that he is a 1970 graduate of Pulaski High School and received a business/finance degree from Virginia Tech in 1974.
He presently serves as president and CEO of Glenn Insurance Agency and project manager for Gem City Management LLC.
Glenn was on the town council from 1984 to 1988, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Pete Crawford from 1989-1990, and also served from 1990 to 1994. He is chairman of the New River Valley Airport Commission and Pulaski Planning Commission, was vice chair of the inactive Pulaski Flood Mitigation Committee and is an alternate of Pulaski’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
Marilyn Hitesman of Collins Drive:
Hitesman came to Pulaski from Minnesota eight years ago. She has kept busy with various hobbies, remodeling jobs, helping friends, and “applauding as I see Pulaski beginning to overcome obstacles and starting to bloom again.”
“Although my business experience does not directly relate to the position for which I am applying, I feel confident that my people skills, energy, and general business acumen would help me to quickly meet and, hopefully, even exceed your expectations for this position,” she adds.
According to her resume, Hitesman has been a homemaker since 2000, was a product development manager from 1995-2000, was a senior training specialist from 1994-1995, and a technical lead, system test analyst from 1988-1994.
H.M. Kidd of Pulaski:
Kidd was the fourth runner-up in May’s council election.
He says he is still interested in the position, and he believes he “can and will do whatever it takes to make Pulaski a much better place.”
He said he will work with the town council, the town staff and the public as a team to accomplish goals and objectives. He said he would like to see people’s perceptions of the town change in order to spur growth. While new industry would “be wonderful,” he said, five to 10 small businesses would provide much-needed jobs.
Kidd has been employed by Regional Emergency Medical Technicians Inc. as an emergency medical technician since 1999.
He was a mailroom foreman at The Southwest Times from 1989-2000 and a construction laborer from 1986-1989.
Chasity Stevens of North Jefferson Avenue:
A native of Pulaski, Stevens works from Pulaski as a senior art director for a Richmond marketing agency.
She said her husband, Chris, is the fifth generation of his family to serve the town by operating Stevens Funeral Home, a “century old business.”
She said she helps large companies, such as Sony Electronics and General Mills, succeed through branding, advertising and public relations projects. “I feel that my expertise and experience in marketing can be applied to our town — especially to aid in overcoming the untrue, negative perception that many folks have of Pulaski.”
Stevens conducted her master’s degree thesis research on the revitalization of small-town downtowns as a result of her interest in downtown Pulaski.
Prior to her work with Powerpact, LLC, she was an art director from 1998-2000 and a graphic designer from February 1998 to August 1998. She is a member of the board of directors for Pulaski Theatre and a founding member of Rotary Club of the New River Valley, served as marketing and public relations director for Relay for Life, and is a volunteer for the LOGOS Program at First Presbyterian Church.
Robert E. Wallace of Pleasant Hill Drive:
A life-long resident of the Town of Pulaski, Wallace is a former town merchant and has been active in many local civic organizations.
He was chairman of the Jaycees Christmas Parade when Miss America Kylene Barker was grand marshal. He said “no other Christmas parade has produced the number of parade participants and on-lookers as that year.”
He is actively involved in the Main Street Program, including designing the logo.
He was the president of the Merchants Council which pre-dated the Main Street organization.
He has a B.S. and M.S. in psychology, counselor education and human development from Radford University.

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