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Posted on: July 20, 2021

FRONT ROYAL NAMES ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER

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Front Royal, VA. (July 20, 2021) - Kathleen Leidich has been selected as Front Royal’s Assistant Town Manager. Ms. Leidich will lead strategic operations for Planning and Building Inspection, and the infrastructure divisions of Public Works, Water Management, Construction Management, Capital Projects, Solid Waste, and Energy Services. 

“Throughout the competitive recruitment process for Assistant Town Manager, Ms. Leidich demonstrated strong leadership, professionalism and dedication to community service,” said Steven Hicks, Front Royal Town Manager. “Her 25 years of experience in local government and being a former Town Manager are essential in continuing to build and sustain a high performing team that will forward Front Royal’s commitment to provide quality service to citizens, business, and visitors.”

Ms. Leidich’s priorities will include overseeing the development of the newly created Building Codes and Environmental Division, a “one stop” department providing services that help citizens and businesses to easily navigate and complete governmental procedures and processes. She will lead the team in developing a new Comprehensive Plan and the Capital Improvement program to maximize opportunities for quality development and economic and tourism growth.

“I look forward to becoming a member of the progressive Front Royal management team,” said Leidich. “My executive leadership responsibilities in local government have given me the hands-on experience needed to help advance Town services that improve quality of life and create an inviting environment for all.”

Leidich previously served as Town Manager in Occoquan, Virginia, Assistant to the Town Manager in Leesburg, Assistant Director of Transportation Planning and Operations in Loudoun County, Transit Projects Manager for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and Planning Director in Marysville, Ohio.

“We are glad Ms. Leidich is joining the Front Royal team,” said Mayor Chris Holloway. “Her extensive knowledge and experience in local government will enable her to work well with the Town Manager and departments in supporting the goals of Council, the community and regional partners.

Ms. Leidich earned master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning, and Public Administration at Ohio State University. She graduated from Whittenberg University with B.A. degrees in political science and psychology.

She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a graduate of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Senior Executive Institute (SEI) and the ICMA Mid-Career Managers Institute. 

Leidich will begin working for Front Royal on Monday, August 2.

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