Strasburg names new town manager

Ryan Spitzer

Strasburg’s next town manager is a valley native with government experience under his belt.

Ryan Spitzer, assistant town manager of Vinton, which is east of Roanoke, takes the helm of Strasburg in July. Town Council recently decided to hire Spitzer and will take official action to appoint him to the position June 9. Spitzer is expected to begin employment with the town July 6.

“Strasburg has a great reputation for management and for being progressive with projects within the state,” Spitzer said when asked what attracted him to the job. “So that’s always attractive when council sees the value in doing projects the right way.

“The size of the town is perfect for me,” Spitzer added. “Right now, I can’t see myself in a large area, large city, so the size of Strasburg and its proximity to Winchester, which is a relatively good-sized community with a lot of stuff to do, was very attractive.”

Spitzer, 33, replaces Judson Rex, who resigned in January after several years as town manager to take a job in Denison, Texas. Spitzer will receive a starting salary of $88,471. Public Works Director Jay McKinley has served as interim town manager since January. Town officials narrowed the field of 35 applicants to four candidates whom they interviewed. Officials then supplied council with their recommendations.

Spitzer noted that he plans to go through a learning period.

“Initially, my goal is to hear what the town wants, what Town Council wants, what the citizens want … and what the local organizations want,” Spitzer said.

Spitzer holds a master’s degree in applied economics, along with graduate certificates in foundations of political analysis and local government management.

Spitzer grew up in Staunton and attended Virginia Tech and Radford University. After he graduated from Radford, Spitzer became town manager of Glasgow in Rockbridge County – approximately 1.5 square miles and 1,000 people. Spitzer noted that at the time he was one of the youngest town managers in the state.

Spitzer worked in Glasgow for four years before he took the job in Vinton, where he’s served for about three years under the town manager’s economic development division. Vinton is a town of about 3 square miles and about 8,000 people.

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