Three months after Lovettsville Town Manager Sam Finz stepped down and Middleburg Town Administrator Martha Semmes announced her retirement, both towns are getting closer to finding their replacements.
Finz retired July 6 after seven months in the full-time role. The town received 41 applications for the position and has narrowed the candidate pool to four. Assistant Town Manager Harriet West said that the Town Council will complete its interviews on Thursday and plans to make a selection by the end of October. She said that the town’s fifth town manager, who will be paid up to $100,000, should be fully onboarded by the end of the year.
In August, the town hired Larry Hughes, the former 13-year Manassas city manager, to act in the role on an interim basis.
In Middleburg, Semmes announced on June 28 that she would retire at the end of 2018 after eight years on the job. Since then, the Springsted-Waters Executive Recruitment firm, which the town hired for $21,000 to find its next town administrator, received 51 applications and narrowed the pool to 15. The town then narrowed that pool to five before one candidate dropped out. The Town Council will conduct interviews with the finalists this week and next.
Semmes said that the staff is hoping that the council makes a selection at its Nov. 8 meeting so that the town’s ninth town administrator, who will be paid up to $120,000, can be onboard before Semmes retires.