In-house administrator named Strasburg manager

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

STRASBURG — The town’s planning and zoning administrator took the reins as town manager on Thursday following a vote from Town Council.

Wyatt Pearson, 25, was appointed to the town’s second-highest position during council’s work session on Monday, Councilman John “Red” Hall Jr. said. He replaces Ryan Spitzer, who announced his resignation on April 4 and will leave his post on Wednesday.

Spitzer, 35, joined Strasburg’s staff in July 2015. He will become the town manager of Pineville, S.C. on Monday.

Calls to Pearson’s office were not returned on Tuesday.

A special committee led by Vice Mayor Scott Terndrup chose Pearson over two other town employees who applied for the job, Mayor Rich Orndorff said.

“One of the main things I strive to do is promote from within,” he said. “There’s a learning curve from someone outside, but [Pearson] is already on the ground.”

Hall called Pearson “a sharp young man” and said he was the best man for the job.

“He’s knowledgeable of what’s going on in the town already,” Hall said. “Even though he’s very young, he seems to know what the town is about. He’s a good fit.”

Pearson started part-time as Strasburg’s zoning official in the fall of 2014 while completing his master’s in urban and regional planning at Virginia Tech. He graduated that December.

He also earned a bachelor’s in environmental policy and planning from Virginia Tech in 2013.

Pearson’s salary will be $88,471.

He is coordinating Strasburg’s downtown revitalization efforts, upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant, construction of the new Department of Public Works building and improvements to the Northern Shenandoah Business and Industrial Park.

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