Lovettsville Loses Town Manager to Manassas Park

After two and a half years in the job, Lovettsville Town Manager Laszlo Palko is moving on—to much bigger things.

The Town Council last week accepted Palko’s resignation. He has been hired as the city manager for Manassas Park.

Palko was hired in December 2014. He replaced Keith Markel, who left to serve as deputy town administrator in Leesburg.

As was done when Markel left, the council appointed municipal government consultant Sam Finz to serve as the interim town manager and to lead the search for Palko’s successor.

“Laszlo has positioned the Town for financial and organizational success, and leaves a positive and lasting legacy in our Town’s commercial base, customer service, community events, streetscapes, and even our water and sewer system,” Mayor Bob Zoldos said in announcing the action. “We are sad to see him go, but we recognize that this is an excellent opportunity for Laszlo.”

Lovettsville covers less than one square mile and has fewer than 2,000 residents. Manassas Park covers 2.5 square miles and has a population of more than 15,000.

Palko came to Lovettsville after serving two tours with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, enlisting after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He has degrees in criminal justice, psychology, international relations and public policy, public administration and financial management, and has worked as a corporate analyst with IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Finz, a former deputy county administrator in Fairfax, has more than 30 years of public administration experience and has worked with the town in various capacities for more than a decade. It is his third stint as Lovettsville’s interim town manager, he held the post in 2006-2007 before Markel was hired and in 2014.

Lovettsville’s is the second town manager opening in western Loudoun. The Purcellville Town Council also is launching a search for a top executive following the retirement of Robert W. Lohr Jr., effective June 30.

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