City of Manassas, VA . . . City of Manassas City Manager John A. Budesky notified City Council last night that for the sake of his family, he would need to relocate to the Hanover, Virginia area to take part in the health care of an ailing family member. Budesky announced today that he will take a position in the Richmond area.
The decision to leave the City of Manassas was not an easy one.
“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,” said Budesky. “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.”
The 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 Manger.
“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,” said Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “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.”
During his time with the City of Manassas, Budesky led the City through the development of a Vision and Priorities Implementation Plan, introduced an award winning Capital Improvement Program with City Schools, built bridges with the business community, and introduced a balanced budget consistent with the priorities of the City Council.
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I'm sorry to see John go. I share everyone's surprise and disappointment but I do support his decision. Family is important. I am, however, disappointed that he won't be here to see through the changes he initiated. Those changes are important and were pursued at the direction of Council so we've got to keep moving forward! Best Wishes to John and his family.