Front Royal has hired an assistant town manager, a new position for the town.

Kathleen Leidich starts her new job on Aug. 2, according to a news release issued by the town on Tuesday. Leidich will lead strategic operations for planning and building inspection as well as lead the town’s infrastructure divisions of public works, water management, construction management, solid waste and energy services.

Town Manager Steven Hicks cites in the release that Leidich’s 25 years of experience in local government, including time working as Occoquan's town manager, as reasons for her selection.

Leidich’s priorities include overseeing the development of the newly created Building Codes and Environmental Division, which the town promotes as a “one-stop” department designed to help individuals and businesses more easily navigate and complete governmental procedures and processes, the release states. Leidich will lead the team in developing a new Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Program with a focus on economic and tourism growth and development.

Leidich’s previously served as Leesburg's assistant to the town manager, Loudoun County's assistant director of transportation planning and operations, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's transit projects manager and Marysville, Ohio's planning director. She graduated from Whittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology. She received a master’s degree in city and regional planning and public administration from Ohio State University.

Leidich is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is a graduate of the International City/County Management Association Senior Executive Institute and the association’s Mid-Career Managers Institute.

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