Purcellville today welcomed in its new interim town manager, John Anzivino. He is the fourth person in the past seven months to assume town manager responsibilities.
Town council unanimously appointed Anzivino to the position last Tuesday, following a three-week period in which Administration Director Hooper McCann acted in the role.
Anzivino has more than 25 years of experience in state and local government. He served as town manager of Warrenton for more than 12 years and county administrator for four years in Caroline County and six years in Amelia County.
Councilwoman Karen Jimmerson said Anzivino has experience working with management recruiting for towns and is willing to assist with the search for permanent town manager. He also has experience conducting operational audits, which the town is considering carrying out early next year.
“John brings a wealth of experience in operational management and will add value from day one,” Mayor Kwasi Fraser said. “We welcome him and look forward to working with him.”
Anzivino is a senior vice president at Waters & Company, an executive recruitment company. In May, the town considered using the firm to help find a permanent town manager.
Anzivino is filling the interim spot of Alex Vanegas, who was placed on administrative leave Nov. 21 pending an investigation into his conduct. Vanegas was appointed to the position in May, following the retirement of long-time town manager Robert W. Lohr, Jr. The town on Nov. 19 announced that Vanegas was allegedly involved in an inappropriate personal relationship with the human resources consultant he hired to help lead an investigation of Police Chief Cynthia McAlister.
Anzivino will now lead staff as a part-time interim town manager until a permanent town manager is hired within the next three months.