Finz Sheds ‘Interim’ Title in Lovettsville

The Lovettsville Town Council on Thursday formally—and unanimously—tapped Sam Finz to lead the town government on a permanent basis.

Finz has served as interim town manager since Laszlo Palko stepped down to become the city manager in Manassas Park.

The veteran municipal manager is no stranger to the town, having served as a town planner, general consultant and interim town manager several times in a relationship that dates back to 2005. However, until this week, Finz has rebuffed attempts to lure him fully out of retirement

Finz was tapped as an advisor with the town, under the guidance of then-Mayor Elaine Walker, was preparing to hire its first town manager. That appointment didn’t last, so Finz returned to assist in a new recruitment process—resulting in the hiring of Keith Markel.

When Markel left to become deputy town manager of Leesburg after seven years in Lovettsville, Finz returned once more to advise in the recruitment of a new town manager—Palko—two years ago. When Palko resigned early this summer, Finz returned to Lovettsville as interim town manager.

Finz started his career in government working with Fairfax County in the early 1970s. He served as the deputy county executive for Planning and Development for Fairfax County throughout the 1970s. In the 1980s, he served as vice president of International Developers Inc. and the CEO of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. Later, he served as the director of Utilities and city manager for Hollywood, FL. In 2000, he left Florida to serve as city manager of College Park, MD. Since 2004, he accepted several positions as an independent consultant including economic development director and special assistant county manager for Arlington County.

He has been a resident of Loudoun County since the early 1980s

This morning, Finz said he was pleased to have made his relationship with the town permanent.

“I really enjoy [Lovettsville] and care loads about the town,” he said.

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