FRONT ROYAL - A man with two-plus decades of experience as town manager and county administrator is taking the helm of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority for three months.

John Anzivino was unanimously selected Thursday as the EDA’s interim executive director in a term that will last 90 days.

He replaces Jennifer McDonald, who tendered her resignation in December after holding the position for a decade.

Anzivino’s salary will be $55 per hour and include mileage reimbursement, lodging reimbursement of $100 per night, and a cell phone. Anzivino declined to comment after the meeting until he signs the contract and officially has the position.

According to a Loudoun Now article, his governmental experience spans 25-plus years including 12  as Warrenton’s town manager, four years as county administrator in Caroline County and six years as county administrator in Amelia County. The article states that he was most recently appointed Purcellville’s interim town manager in December 2017.

Anzivino’s appointment was made after an hour-plus closed session during which discussion was limited to the hiring of an executive director, accounting and debt services, and an unannounced business prospect.

Another approved motion stated that the EDA board will work with the county’s human resources department to advertise the executive director position for permanent hiring.

EDA Attorney Dan Whitten said he hoped Anzivino would  sign the contract and begin work Monday.

EDA Chairman Gray Blanton said that Anzivino is “more than qualified” for the position and that the board is “pretty lucky” he can begin next week.

Anzivino’s appointment comes as questions have arisen regarding EDA financial matters. In October, it was revealed that the town overpaid the EDA at least $291,000 in debt service payments. The county in December approved a $90,000 expense for an outside financial consultant, an entity separate from the EDA’s auditor and bookkeeper, to examine the overpayments.

Blanton said that an accountant was due to work on getting the EDA’s QuickBooks computer accounting program “fixed” because there are “too many errors” such as “things in the wrong columns” that “don’t make any sense.”

“That started the whole investigation, so to speak...none of these numbers made sense in the financials,” he said.

Whitten recently said he hopes that the unidentified consultant will  present preliminary findings at the EDA’s regular board meeting later this month.

The county this week also approved up to $50,000 in legal fees to be paid to the Sands Anderson law firm to represent the EDA regarding unspecified legal matters.

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