UPDATE: City of Fairfax mayor announces resignation

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Richard "Scott" Silverthorne (PHOTO: Fairfax County Police Department)

UPDATE (Aug. 10): Fairfax City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the legal implications of the arrest and resignation of Richard “Scott” Silverthorne. About three minutes after opening the meeting, the six city council members voted to go into a closed meeting, prompting shouts of “shame on you” from a few of the people who came to the meeting (about 50 in total).

“I don’t know if what they did tonight is going to inspire trust in our local government,” said Thomas Ammazzalorso, who ran against Silverthorne in this past May’s mayoral election.

After about 50 minutes, the council members came back out into the chambers to announce it would hold another meeting on August 16 for a public comment session on when to hold a special election to pick Silverthorne’s replacement and another closed session for council to discuss appointing an interim mayor.

“And establish some calm in the City of Fairfax, because lord knows we’ve had a little bit of turmoil over the last several days,” said Councilmember and acting Mayor Jeffrey Greenfield.

UPDATE: According to officials, Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, announced his resignation from the position as the City of Fairfax Mayor on Monday. His resignation will be effective at noon on Thursday, August 11.

FAIRFAX, Va. — Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, the Mayor of Fairfax, Virginia was arrested and charged with dealing methamphetamine.

A tip to police in late July prompted the investigation.

“Based on information obtained during the investigation, a suspect was identified who was allegedly distributing methamphetamine through a website used to arrange for casual sexual encounters between men,” a Fairfax Police spokesman said. “An undercover detective created a profile on this website and within a few days, the suspect made contact through the website.”

During their online conversation, the suspect and undercover officer agreed to meet and exchange sex for drugs.

“The suspect arranged to bring methamphetamine along with other men to the engagement,” police said. “On Thursday, August 4, the Street Crimes Unit met the suspect at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner.”

Police identified the suspect as Silverthorne.

“Silverthorne provided methamphetamine to the undercover detectives and was subsequently arrested and charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia,” police said.

In addition to his role as Mayor of Fairfax, he is also a substitute teacher for the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Detectives also arrested Silverthorne’s alleged suppliers; 34-year-old Juan Jose Fernandez and 21-year-old Caustin Lee McLaughlin.

“Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have related information regarding this investigation by calling 703-691-2131,” police said. “Callers who wish to remain anonymous may provide information through Crime Solvers electronically by visiting fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).