Mount Jackson hires new town manager

By Alex Bridges

MOUNT JACKSON — Kevin M. Fauber returns to Shenandoah County to lead Mount Jackson’s government.

Town Council voted 5-0 at a special meeting Thursday to appoint Fauber as the new town manager. Councilman Rod Shephard and interim Mayor Michael Koontz did not attend the meeting. Council also voted 5-0 to hire Charles “Charlie” Moore as assistant town manager.

Fauber will earn an annual salary of $60,000.

“I’m looking forward to getting here in the town of Mount Jackson,” Fauber said after the meeting. “I’ve heard awfully good things about the town and the organization and the many things that they’ve accomplished in the past and the things we’ll be doing in the future.”

Fauber, who starts Tuesday, replaces Clark Draper who abruptly resigned as town manager earlier this year after working less than a year in the position. In the meantime, Moore served as the interim town manager to help run the government and to lead the search for Draper’s permanent replacement.

Fauber said it’s too early to say what he wants to do for Mount Jackson in the future but he plans to work closely with Moore to get up to speed on the town’s ongoing capital projects. Fauber noted Moore’s experience working for the town as its manager.

“I just need to get in here and get a feel for the town, see what the issues are, meet with the council and get their thoughts on which direction we want to go,” Fauber said.

Fauber, 50, was born and raised in Shenandoah County. Fauber began his career in municipal government in Strasburg where he worked as town manager for 24 years. Fauber then took the same position in Elkton where he worked for two years.

“It feels real good to be back in Shenandoah County,” Fauber said.

Fauber noted that during his years in Strasburg he saw the town’s population more than double.

“I’ve hopefully learned a few things along the way,” Fauber said. “Each locality is different. But it kind of boils down to being able to provide the basic services in a good efficient way.”

Fauber said he expects to work with Shenandoah County officials in the future. Fauber worked with County Administrator Mary Beth Price when she was with Strasburg years ago.

Fauber and his wife, Kim, have three children.

Strasburg Town Council chose not to renew Fauber’s contract in 2010 after his 24 years in the position. Fauber went to Elkton about a year later where he replaced Reid Wodicka as town manager. Wodicka took the helm of Woodstock government as its town manager this past spring.

More than 50 people from across the country applied for the manager position. Moore sorted through the applications and forwarded seven to council for its consideration. The Personnel Committee conducted interviews and recommended council hire Fauber.

Councilmen Ken Hackenbracht and Donald “Donnie” Pifer serve on the committee.

“We’re real excited about being able to get him and I think the continuity of the management here will continue on the way it has,” Pifer said.

“I think his experience speaks very well for him,” Hackenbracht said.

Fauber’s tenure in Strasburg played a bigger role in council’s decision than his more recent work for Elkton, Pifer noted.

“I think the main thing we looked at was his experience and his track record at the town where he spent the most time actually,” Pifer said.

Hackenbracht said three of the seven applicants found work elsewhere before they could start the interviews. Of the four remaining, Hackenbracht said they interviewed two from Virginia, one from Maine and one from Florida.

Pifer said he took the high amount of interest in the position as positive for the town.

As far as their goals and hopes for the new leadership, Hackenbracht said council wants government to run as it has. Having Moore in the administration should help meet that goal, they said.

“We want to keep him,” Pifer said. “There’s some projects right now we’re in the middle of that we wanted to make sure he could help finish those projects.”

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com