Front Royal Town Manager Joe Waltz recently gave notice of his resignation, which will become effective Nov. 8, Interim Mayor Matt Tederick confirmed on Monday.
Waltz was appointed town manager in June 2017. He was previously a town employee for 12 years, which included time as director of public utilities and head of the town’s electric service department.
Tederick and Councilman Eugene Tewalt both said over the phone Monday that Waltz submitted his resignation sometime last week.
Tederick said no public announcement had been made because he was waiting for Waltz to release a personal statement regarding the matter.
Tederick said he was disappointed to hear of the resignation, noting that he has been impressed with Waltz’s management style and he wishes him the best. He added that Waltz was recently evaluated, and “council was pleased” with his performance.
Tederick said that Waltz has assured him that no one pressured him into the decision, and it is simply due to an opportunity to return to the “energy sector.”
Tederick said that the Town Council plans to discuss how to move forward during an upcoming closed session. He added that an interim town manager may have to be appointed as the search for a permanent replacement could take several months.
Waltz could not be reached for comment.