Following government closures during the holiday season, Purcellville’s newest interim town manager is settling in and already at work building the town’s next budget.
John Anzivno was appointed to the interim role Dec. 12 to fill a spot vacated by Alex Vanegas, who was placed on administrative leave Nov. 21 pending an investigation into his conduct. Now working 32 hours a week for a period of up to three months, or until a permanent town manager is hired, Anzivino said his goals include focusing on the town’s budget, appreciating staff and helping to onboard a permanent town manager.
Anzivino said his number one goal is to work through the fiscal year 2019 budget, which will be reviewed by the Town Council this spring.
“The budget falls on my watch,” he said. “We got to start getting serious about it.”
Realizing that he came into town in the middle of the budget process, in addition to many other town projects and events, Anzivino said he understands the need for government continuity and staff appreciation.
“The primary thing I want to see get done is to ensure that staff knows that they’re valued and that the work that they’re doing has importance for the citizens of the community,” he said.
Anzivino said he also wants to focus on the classification and compensation of town employees, which hasn’t been studied in more than a decade.
“After two days, I was very aware that John was fully engaged,” said Councilman Ryan Cool, who has been leading the effort to recruit a permanent town manager.
Anzivino will also be helping with the transition process once that position is filled within the next two months.
“This is the town council’s selection,” he said. “Hopefully, I can provide some assistance to them.”
Anzivino has conducted about 230 executive recruitments for different municipalities, including the town manager of Warsaw, VA, the city manager of Raleigh, NC and the chief operating officer of the Virginia Retirement System.
Applications for the permanent position are due in by Friday.