Shenandoah County finance chief returns to Woodstock

Mandy Belyea

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County’s finance chief returns to work for Woodstock as its deputy town manager next month.

Woodstock Town Manager Angela Clem announced Thursday that Mandy Belyea would fill the position and start work in November. Belyea replaces Clem, who accepted her new position in August to take Reid Wodicka’s place as head of the town government. Belyea previously worked as the town’s finance director before taking the same position with the county in July 2014.

“This is kind of a career change for me because I’m going out of the finance specifically and it’s gonna be more project management – there’s a lot of projects going on in the town – economic development planning, capital planning,” Belyea said Thursday. “I’ll still be doing some finance-related work and overseeing those operations but I’ll also have some other responsibilities so that was exciting to me to have some other management-level responsibilities.”

Belyea beat out 25 other applicants for the position.

“I think that Mandy’s value system aligned really closely with the Town Council, our organization and I think the direction that we’re going, which is really nice,” Clem said Thursday. “Playing into the decision (to hire Belyea) were the qualifications that she brought to the table including over 16 years of government experience and the fact that she doesn’t only have that government experience but she’s a strategic thinker.

“She’s analytical and she brings a high level of value to the organization, and of course she’s rejoining us and so we understand her work ethic and her dedication to her position,” Clem added.

Belyea worked with Clem for about eight years before moving on to the county post.

Belyea will receive a salary of $87,000 a year – a slight increase from what she makes for the county. Officials took the salary range into consideration along with Belyea’s qualifications as a certified public accountant, holding a master’s degree in business administration and other affiliations, Clem said.

Belyea’s departure comes just as the county is beginning to work on the next fiscal budget. Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass said Thursday the budget process would move forward as planned and required. The county would seek to fill the position as soon as officials advertise the post, review and interview potential candidates.

Belyea began her career with KPMG LLP in Washington, D.C., before she moved back to her native Shenandoah County in 2006. Belyea has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater College and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech. She and her husband, Daniel, live with their three children in Quicksburg.

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