Luray accepting applications for interim town manager

Page News and Courier

LURAY ― The town is seeking an interim manager to, at least temporarily, fill in following the retirement of its current town manager next month.

In May, four-year Luray Town Manager Charlie Hoke tendered his notice of retirement. His last day will be July 31.

Depending on a candidate's qualifications and education, the interim position's annual salary is advertised starting at $60,000 and up to $85,000. The six-member Luray Council, who will appoint the top position, is seeking candidates with “strong administrative and financial management skills.”

Town officials additionally specified a candidate's ability to develop working relationships with the town's 45 full-time employees, as well as “communicate with elected officials, staff and citizens.”

Hoke, 61, began his tenure as town manager after being appointed the interim position in April 2013, before securing the full-time position four months later in a 4-to-1 council vote.

The outgoing town manager's ties to the town stretch back 35 years, when he came on board as director of utilities.

“He's been a very good town manager,” said Luray Mayor Berry Presgraves. “I've enjoyed working with him … He's done his job well.”

The mayor added that he'd prefer to see the appointment of the town's next town manager be “someone already employed by the town,” though that is not a requirement.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to assistant town manager Bryan Chrisman, and are asked to call (540) 743-5511. The deadline to apply is July 15.

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