After taking over leadership of his hometown straight out of college and spending the next 32 years at the helm of three towns, Kevin Fauber, the town manager of Mount Jackson, is retiring at the end of the month.
“I think the timing is right,” Fauber said. “After talking it over with my family, it just felt like it was time to devote some more time to them.”
Fauber took on the town manager job in Strasburg in 1986. After growing up and going to school at Strasburg High School, he said he had a leg up on the job because he was already familiar with the town and the people.
In 1986, he said the population in the town was under 3,000. There was nothing along Route 11 to the north of town and he was fresh out of school.
“We basically took a town that had a population under 3,000 and when I left there in 2010 it probably had over 5,000,” he said.
During his time in Strasburg, Fauber oversaw the completion of what he still calls the “new” Town Hall on King Street, where the town leadership still works. He said he also saw expansion along Route 11, including McDonald's and Burger King make their way into his small town.
In 2010, Fauber left the nest he had built and went to Elkton for a two-year sting there as town manager before returning to the county to work out of the Town Hall in Mount Jackson.
In his six years with Mount Jackson, Fauber oversaw developments that included two new wells to help the town supply its own water. A new fire and rescue department was built during Fauber’s watch as well as a sprawling sidewalk network that is helping knit the town together.
With the well projects wrapping up and the first stage of the sidewalk project complete, Fauber said he thought the timing was right for him to step away.
“We are finishing up on some projects and getting ready to start some projects,” Fauber said. “I think from a timing aspect, now is the time to do it. “
Though he isn’t worried about his health, Fauber said extra stress and eliminating it were in the back of his mind.
“I’m not aware of any major illnesses but over the last several years I’ve battled some minor health issues,” he said. “My doctor advised me a little while back I might want to think about scaling it back some.”
Fauber’s retirement allows his responsibilities to decrease as his family begins to grow. Fauber said he has a new granddaughter and another grandchild due in April. He said he also has some “other interests” and projects around his home he has been putting off.
The town staff, Fauber said, has been exceptional and he has never had to worry about a job getting done well thanks to them. Day-to-day management of the town will be left to town staff and an interim town manager, appointed by Town Council members when Fauber officially steps down at the end of the month.
As the end of his career as a town manager approaches, Fauber said he is thankful for the staff he has and the people he has built relationships with along the way.
“For the most part, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done over the 32 years I’ve been doing this,” he said. “I have a lot of fond memories of everywhere that I’ve worked.”