Steve Burke selected as Luray town manager

Steve Burke

After just over a year as the public works director in Manassas, former Front Royal Town Manager Steve Burke has been chosen to take the helm in Luray.

Luray Assistant Town Manager Bryan Chrisman said the Town Council voted unanimously at its Feb. 12 meeting in selecting Burke as town manager. Chrisman added that Burke signed a two-year contract with a $118,000 salary, and will begin the job Monday.

Burke will fill the position left vacant by Charles Hoke, who retired after five years as town manager and about 30 years as a town employee, Chrisman said.

Chrisman served as interim town manager during the council’s eight-month search for a permanent replacement, and he said “we’ve been without a town manager for a long time, and we are looking forward to having someone to fill that position.”

Burke was Front Royal’s town manager from August 2011 to November 2016. He left upon accepting the position as pubic works director in Manassas, where his salary was $130,000, a city spokeswoman previously said. His salary as Front Royal’s town manager was $122,600. Burke was replaced in Front Royal by current Town Manager Joe Waltz.

Burke has over 20 years of experience in local government that includes serving as Front Royal’s town engineer, interim director of planning and zoning, director of public works, and director of environmental services. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

Chrisman said hopefully Burke can bring the experience gained from serving as Front Royal’s town manager to help Luray.

Burke did not respond to a phone message.