Manassas city manager John Budesky announced at Monday's city council meeting that he would resign from his post to take care of an ailing family member.
Budesky made the announcement just days after his one-year anniversary with the city.
He told city council members Monday that his decision to leave wasn't an easy one.
Budesky is relocating to Hanover to be near the sick family member and has accepted another position in the Richmond area.
“I love the City of Manassas. It is a tight-knit, passionate community where great things are happening and I had envisioned a bright future here with my family,” Budesky said. “It was with much regret that I tendered my resignation, but for me, family must always come first. I leave the city knowing that it is well positioned for long-term success.”
Budesky joined the city March 5, 2012 replacing interim city manager Patricia A. Weiler who was serving in place of former city manager Larry Hughes who retired.
City Council stands behind Budesky’s decision and will work with him over the next 90 days through the adoption of the budget and the Capital Improvement Plan.
In the next few weeks the City Council will be exploring many options including interim possibilities as well as a long-term solution. The selection process will be thoughtful, yet expeditious when considering the next city manager, according to a release issued Tuesday afternoon by the city.
“The City Council greatly appreciates Mr. Budesky’s service and respects his decision. This decision is in keeping with the family-friendly values held by the city of Manassas,” Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II said in the release.
“The City Council has enjoyed working with Mr. Budesky, particularly in the areas of visioning and strategic planning. I’m sure the entire city joins me in wishing Mr. Budesky and his family well as he and his family move forward. The city is fortunate to have a professional and dedicated staff who will be able to continue to effectively serve the residents of the city of Manassas during this transition.”
In the last year, Budesky led the city through the development of a Vision and Priorities Implementation Plan, introduced an award-winning Capital Improvement Program in partnership with Manassas City Public Schools, built bridges with the business community and introduced a balanced budget consistent with the priorities of the city council, according to the release.
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