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John A. Budesky, the current city manager of Manassas, will serve as Hanover’s next deputy county administrator beginning July 1.
The announcement came from County Administrator Cecil R. Harris Jr. March 20.
Budesky is a former Hanover County resident whose family wanted to return to this area to care for an ailing family member.
“My family fell in love with this area and having the opportunity to come back to the area and support my family’s needs while contributing to the community was too good to pass up,” Budesky said. “Hanover has a great reputation and I have worked with Rhu Harris in different capacities through our professional organizations for a number of years. I look forward to working with him and his staff very soon.”
Budesky has served for more than a year as city manager for the City of Manassas. In his capacity as city manager, Budesky worked with the city’s professional staff in the development of a Vision and Priorities Implementation Program, introduced an award-winning Capital Improvement Plan with city schools, built bridges with the business community, and introduced a balanced budget consistent with the priorities of the City Council. He also supported the city’s economic development efforts, developed and initiated major city projects and served as the city’s liaison with the Chamber of Commerce, colleges and regional partnerships. He was appointed by and reported to the Mayor and City Council.
For more than 17 years, Budesky has served as a local government administrator in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. His experience includes four and a half years as county administrator in New Kent County. He has been an assistant city administrator in Hagerstown, Md., and executive director of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, a state agency. Prior to working in public service, Budesky worked in the private sector as a business consultant.
“John is highly respected among his peers and former business associates,” Harris said. “He has strong experience overseeing departments and ensuring collaboration and efficiencies.
“He will be a creative and effective member of our senior leadership team,” Harris added.
Budesky is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and belongs to LEAD Virginia, a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that educates proven leaders about regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the commonwealth. Other professional memberships include the International City/County Management Association, Virginia Local Government Management Association and Virginia Municipal League.
In 2009-10, he received the prestigious Wallerstein Scholarship, administered by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Municipal League. He was recognized for establishing a guide for emerging leaders in local government service.
Budesky was selected from a field of 100 applicants. He will replace Joseph P. Casey, who accepted a position as deputy county administrator in Henrico County earlier this year.