Steven Hicks


FRONT ROYAL – Steven Hicks was unanimously chosen by the Town Council on Monday night to fill the town manager position, starting Monday, Dec. 7. Hicks brings over 25 years of state and local government experience, a news release announcing the decision touts.

“I know it’s taken a while to accomplish all this, but I think we’ve come up with a top-notch candidate, with detailed experience, not only as a town manager but (as a) department head,” Vice Mayor Bill Sealock said before the vote. “He’s had each segment of town business in areas, so he’s quite versed in everything we have going on in the town of Front Royal.

Hicks was chosen out of about 80 candidates, said Sealock, who was chairman of the town manager selection group.

“Hicks was selected because of his impressive leadership in operations, bringing business in communities, developing fiscally conservative budgets, managing enterprise departments and delivering complex infrastructure projects on-time and on-budget,” Mayor-elect Chris Holloway states in the release.

Hicks fills the position vacated by Joe Waltz with his resignation in November. Matthew Tederick, who was previously interim mayor, has filled in on an interim basis since that same month. Details of Hicks’ contract were not immediately available following the meeting as the mayor had not signed it yet, Tederick told The Northern Virginia Daily after the meeting.

“I am honored and appreciate the confidence the Front Royal Town Council has in me to lead and be part of a great organization,” Hicks states in the release. “My daughters are excited to become part of the community while they go to college and for me to be part of the Front Royal team to service the citizens and business.”

Hicks was previously the town manager of Selma, North Carolina, and general services director for the City of Durham, North Carolina, the release states. He was also the Petersburg Public Works and Utility director, acting assistant James City County administrator and Williamsburg resident engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Hicks holds a Master of Science Degree in civil and infrastructure engineering from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in urban studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also is a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School Senior Executive Institute, the University of North Carolina School of Government Municipal and County Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation construction Management Institute.

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