The town of New Market's public works director will temporarily act as town manager when Evan Vass leaves his position next month to start working as assistant county administrator for Shenandoah County.
Mike Ritchie, 52, who has worked for the town for 25 years, including as public works director since 2007, has filled in as town manager twice before -- in 2008 and 2010.
Vass, 33, said his last day as town manager will be May 9. Ritchie will begin working in his interim position as town manager on May 10. Vass will serve as assistant county administrator in Shenandoah County starting May 12.