New Market Hires Town Manager

Interim Top Administrator Ritchie Tapped

Posted: July 2, 2014

NEW MARKET — Three-time interim Town Manager Mike Ritchie was named to permanently fill the position by Town Council at a special meeting Tuesday.

The New Market native has worked for the town since 1989.

“I don’t know how to thank you all enough,” Ritchie said after the council voted. “I won’t let you all down.”

Chosen out of six finalists, reduced from 31 applications, Ritchie will fill the position left by Evan Vass, who became assistant county administrator for Shenandoah County in May.

Ritchie previously served as interim manager in 2008 and 2010, but said “the timing was right” to permanently accept the role as the town’s top administrator.

“You really have been a fit for this town, and you’re going to continue to be,” Mayor Douglas Bradley said.

Ritchie did not give a timetable for the council to find his replacement as director of public works, a position he has held since 2007.

Councilman Eddie Litten, who led the interview process, said Ritchie’s exact compensation hasn’t been determined yet, but it will be less than Vass’ $85,500, based on experience and different circumstances.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda included the reappointments of Councilman John Blosser as vice mayor and Councilman Tim Palmer as representative to the Planning Commission.

Bradley said he would maintain the council’s current committee positions, saying “We’ve had a lot of challenges the last two years, and each one of the committees have come through.”

No one objected to Bradley’s decision.

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