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Town Manager – Warrenton, Virginia


The Position

The Town of Warrenton, Virginia’s next Town Manager has the opportunity to live, work, and play in one of the Piedmont region’s most desirable communities and lead and manage the Town government’s operations. From its historic houses and brick sidewalks lining the streets of Old Town Warrenton to the countless “big city” amenities found throughout the Washington Metro Area, the Town of Warrenton has something for everyone to enjoy.

The Town Manager serves as the legislative liaison for the Town Council, develops the Town’s annual budget, and prepares monthly Council agenda and other communications for use and consideration by the Council. The Manager also provides for effective communication with other agencies of government at the local, state, and federal level. The development of options for Council’s consideration and developing innovative solutions to better serve the Town’s citizens are the primary roles of the Town Manager’s office.

The Town will employ 178.5 FTEs in 2019, to include the addition of five new full-time positions. The total all funds budget for FY 2019 is approximately $37.7M, of which $15.7M are general fund expenditures. The Town Manager has eight direct reports, including an Executive Assistant/Acting Town Clerk, Acting Chief of Police, Economic Development Manager, Director of Finance and Human Resources, Information Technology Manager, Director of Public Works and Utilities, Acting Director of Community Development, and the Director of Parks and Recreation.

The Organization

The Town of Warrenton operates under the Council-Manager form of government, wherein an elected Town Council appoints a Town Manager to oversee the municipality’s day-to-day operations. The Town Council is composed of a Mayor and seven Councilors. One Council member is elected from each of the Town’s five Wards, while two are elected on an at large basis. As an appointee of the Council, the Town Manager serves at the pleasure of the elected body and is responsible for keeping them abreast of important issues. The Council also appoints the Town Attorney and the Town Recorder.

Services provided by the Town include Economic Development, Finance and Human Resources, Police, Planning and Zoning, Public Works, and Public Utilities.

The Ideal Candidate

Warrenton’s next Town Manager will be a skilled local government professional who is a strong, proactive leader, excellent communicator, and who is committed to exceptional customer service and sound financial management. The ideal candidate will make him or herself accessible throughout the community, engage staff throughout the organization, and establish productive working relationships with all members of the Town Council. The ideal candidate will be open and honest, skillfully balancing day-to-day service issues and still keeping focused on long-term strategic objectives.

This candidate will be able to help Council come to a consensus and help balance the preservation of the Town’s rich history and identity while also promoting economic growth and the infrastructure to sustain it. This person will help Council establish both short and long-term goals, promote economic resiliency, and increase transparency throughout the organization. The ideal Town Manager will be able to manage projects and programs to ensure completion in a timely fashion and will hold staff accountable for their performance. Warrenton’s next Town Manager will keep Council informed of matters of importance, engage the community, and be able to explain complex issues effectively.

The next Town Manager will have high ethical standards and will provide Council with candid advice, even in the face of adversity. The ideal candidate will have strong budgeting, human resources, planning, economic development, community relations, and technology skills and bring best practices in local government service delivery.

The Town of Warrenton is seeking a Town Manager with these traits:

  • Strong leader
  • Effective communicator
  • Innovative
  • Approachable
  • Tech savvy
  • Focused on long-term goals
  • Proactive
  • Customer-service focused

Experience and Education

The minimum qualifications for this position are a bachelor’s degree in finance, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field and local government experience as a manager, assistant manager, or department director in a jurisdiction with similar services or strong management experience in a larger jurisdiction or comparable experience.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, ICMA-CM, demonstrated success in economic development, capital improvement plan (funding and execution), project management, technology improvements, and strategic planning and implementation.


Residency after appointment is strongly preferred. Past town managers have resided within the town limits within a reasonable timeframe after appointment.

The Community

Located in Fauquier County just an hour southwest of Washington, D.C., the Town of Warrenton provides its residents with a truly impeccable quality of life. Modern day Warrenton finds its origins in a single trading post that was opened in the 1790s and was officially incorporated in 1810. The Town is the largest in Fauquier County and is also the County seat.

Warrenton is the gateway to Virginia’s Piedmont Region, where wineries, horses, and beautiful vistas abound. Historic Old Town Warrenton is tucked into the heart of the community, encircled by the modern conveniences of the Town’s commercial corridors. Warrenton is the perfect place to call home as you enjoy all the region has to offer, including over 110 wineries, the nation’s longest running horse show, and a variety of local restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and boutiques. The Warrenton Farmers Market is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings for several months of the year, with local vendors selling an assortment of produce, fruits, and homemade goods.

Warrenton is the perfect destination for outdoor and recreation enthusiasts. The Town’s Parks and Recreation Department manages five parks and the 60,000 square foot Warrenton Aquatics and Recreation Facility (WARF). The park area surrounding the WARF features seven rectangular playing fields, paved hiking paths, a picnic shelter, a volleyball court, an in-line skating rink, a skate park, a fitness pit, and the Claude Moore Fun for All Playground, a certified Boundless Playground. Nestled in the Piedmont Region just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, residents of Warrenton enjoy ample opportunities for hiking, fishing, birding, and more.

Entrenched in history, the Town has lovingly preserved its historic character, including a home dating back to the French and Indian War. Old Town Warrenton is a must see for Civil War buffs, where visitors can walk where the “Gray Ghost” John S. Mosby once raided, lived, and is now buried. The Town also boasts a tour of one of Virginia’s oldest jails – Old Jail Museum – complete with everchanging exhibits provided by the Fauquier Historical Society.

Children in Warrenton are educated by the Fauquier County Public Schools system. Additionally, three private schools are located within the Town’s borders. The Washington Metro Area is home to many colleges and universities, and a campus affiliated with Lord Fairfax Community College is located in town.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 9,875
  • Median Household Income: $70,863
  • Median Home Value: $312,400
  • Median Age: 40 years
  • Total Area: 4.51 square miles

Racial Demographics

  • 82% White
  • 10.3% Black or African American
  • 8.5% Hispanic or Latino
  • 3.8% Asian
  • 0.3% Native American or Alaska Native
  • 2.9% Two or More Races

Note: Since residents may identify as Hispanic or Latino as well as another race, demographics total more than 100%.


The expected hiring range for this position is $135,000 – $150,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that contains a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with a first review of applications on March 29, 2019.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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