Schiro named Luray’s interim town manager
Page News and CourierLURAY — Former Luray town councilman Jerry Schiro was appointed on Tuesday night to take the helm of the town’s administrative offices while the Town Council prepares to recruit a replacement for former Town Manager Rick Black.
Schiro, who served as Town Manager on two previous occasions, stepped into the job on Wednesday as a part-time contractor, Councilwoman Mary Menefee said when she made the motion to appoint him.
Mayor Barry Presgraves said Schiro will serve the town as “interim and temporary town manager” through the remainder of the current budget cycle. He said the council will begin the process of “getting everything together to put out feelers” for prospective candidates by the end of December or first of January.
Schiro was interviewed by the council behind closed doors at a work session on Oct. 23, and was again interviewed during a closed session at the end of Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
“We’ve been talking with Mr. Schiro, and we appreciate that he has agreed to step forward,” Presgraves said in a brief statement before the council unanimously approved the appointment.
“I’m happy to help the town out in this very important situation,” Schiro said afterward. “This is the third time I’ve been in this job and Barry is the fourth mayor I’ve worked under. If not for the Town of Luray, I would not have enjoyed a career in local government. I love this town, and anything the town needs me, I’m happy to step up.”
Schiro began his government career in 1973 when he joined the Luray Police Department, and served as Police Chief from 1975 to 1985, when he was appointed Town Manager.
He served that position until 1988, when he accepted similar positions in Purcellville and in Chevy Chase, Md., before returning to Page County in 2003 as the County Administrator.
From 2004 to 2006, he again served as Luray’s Town Manager. He was elected to the Luray Town Council in 2008, but decided not to seek a second term in 2012.
After leaving the council earlier this year, he was appointed to the Luray Town Planning Commission.