Woodstock town manager resigns

Reid Wodika

Woodstock Town Manager Reid Wodicka has resigned his position effective at the end of July. He will start his new job as assistant county administrator in Bedford County on Aug. 1.

Wodicka, 30, who has been town manager for three years, said he is looking forward to the new position for a few reasons.

“This is an opportunity to advance my career in a bigger organization and a bigger locality. I grew up in Lynchburg, which is right next to Bedford, so it’s an opportunity to go home, too.”

Wodicka, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from James Madison University and a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, reflected on some of his proudest accomplishments in Woodstock.

“I’m really proud of the development of the town’s strategic plan and capital improvement plan which has guided the way the town has operated the past few years and will drive the way the town makes investments in the future,” Wodicka said. “I think the biggest part is that I was able to take an organization that was already in really decent shape and make it even better.”

Mayor Jeremy McCleary echoed Wodicka’s pride in his planning work and said the outgoing town manager’s loss will be felt.

“He’s been great for the town, especially for long-term planning,” McCleary said. “Before he came on board we didn’t have a strategic plan, we didn’t have a capital improvement plan and he helped us go through that process and get long-range planning we can budget for and we did a comprehensive review of our town code… we cleaned it up and that was a big undertaking and he was a big part of that. I certainly appreciate his leadership, especially in those areas.”

The hiring process to fill the position began Wednesday, when the job opening was publicly posted. Deadline for applicants is July 8.

“We’re hoping to move as soon as possible while doing a thorough search,” McCleary said. “If we could have a hire in place before August 1, I think that would be great.”

Town Council members will serve as the selection committee for Wodicka’s replacement.

“As has been my practice through the hiring of Police Chief (E.L.) Reiley and hiring Reid Wodicka, my practice will be to appoint a selection committee that will involve the entire Town Council doing the interviews,” McCleary said. “I think it’s important to have everybody be a part of that process and know the candidate by the time of the appointment. It’s a very important position and we have taken the process very seriously.”

At the time of his departure, Wodicka’s salary will be $105,000 annually. That number is effective July 1 and is an increase from the $94,906 he was earning prior. The town manager position, like a few other positions within the town, is not on a grade scale, meaning the position’s salary is negotiated rather than following established increments. The salary at his new job will be $105,000 annually.

Wodicka said he will miss Woodstock and remember his time there fondly.

“I’ll miss the folks that I work with,” Wodicka said. “We have a tremendous staff and group of elected officials who work very hard to do the right thing in a manner that is collegial. I’ve made a lot of friends in the community that I will miss tremendously, but they and many of the staff members are lifelong friends for me.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com