After two searches spanning nearly a year, Page County has a new administrator.
Mark R. Lauzier, currently Loudoun County’s budget officer, was named Page County administrator and clerk of the Board of Supervisors last week, the board announced last week. Lauzier (pronounced LAW-zer) starts his new job on Monday with a salary of $100,000 per year.
Lauzier’s selection is the culmination of two searches by the Board of Supervisors. After an initial, search last fall proved fruitless, the board decided to conduct a national search, which began in January. That search netted 40 applicants for the post.
Johnny Woodward, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said the wait was worth it.
“We got the right man for the job,” he said of Lauzier.
Added Darrell Short, vice chairman of the board: “[We] look forward to working with Mark to address the many challenges that face local governments today.”
Lauzier has been Loudoun County’s budget officer since 2010. Prior to that, he served for three years as a senior manager for Matrix Consulting Group in Coral Springs, Fla. He was the city manager of Parkland, a city of 22,000 west of Coral Springs, from 2004 to 2007 and assistant city manager of nearby Pompano Beach, Fla., from 1995 to 2004. Before his stint in Pompano Beach, he served as a budget consultant for Broward County, Fla. for three years.
Lauzier began his career in an entirely different field within the public sector — he was a police officer with the Wethersfield, Conn., police department for eight years starting in 1984.
A Connecticut native, Lauzier earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bryant College in Rhode Island in 1983, and a master’s in public administration from the University of New Haven in Connecticut in 1991.
He and his wife, Karen, have been married 28 years and have two grown children.
Page County has been without an administrator since July of last year, when former administrator Mark Belton’s contract expired.
Belton, who served as administrator for eight years, has sued the county, claiming the board did not renew his contract, in part because of his frequent absences related to his service in the Navy Reserve. Belton claims the county violated his rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994. The lawsuit, filed in March, is pending in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.