“We’re excited to welcome John to the City of Manassas…his thoughtful leadership and veteran expertise in government administration, along with his community involvement will be a great benefit to our city,” said Hal Parrish, mayor of Manassas, Va.
“I’m eager to be a part of the City of Manassas and look forward to interacting with its citizens and returning to management at the local level,” said John A. Budesky, future city manager for the City of Manassas, Va. “The City of Manassas team has established a wonderful foundation for the city, I look forward to helping the city move forward with its opportunities and development,”
Prior to his appointment with the City of Manassas, Budesky served as a local government administrator in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia for more than 16 years. Most recently, Budesky served as the executive director of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, an independently appointed state-wide commission with 266 full-time employees where he was responsible for initiating changes in the culture of the organization, developing operational efficiencies and managing a $50 million operational and $1 billion passive budget. He worked as the county administrator for New Kent County, Va., and as the assistant city administrator for the City of Hagerstown, Md., as well as a department head within Washington County, Md. government. He also operated a private consulting company specializing in strategic planning, team building and community relations.
Budesky earned his bachelor of art degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Penn. and holds a graduate certificate in public management from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., as well as a management certificate from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. He also received his master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. and is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association.
In his effort to support future generations of government leaders, he was recognized for his efforts to establish a guide for Emerging Leaders in local government service, winning the prestigious Wallerstein Scholarship that is administered by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Municipal League. Budesky is a member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association, the International City/County Management Association, LEAD Virginia, Leadership Metro Richmond and has actively engaged in a number of school-based and community not-for-profit organizations.
A native of Pittsburgh, Budesky enjoys sports, classic cars, motorcycles and movies. He is married to Markella Budesky, who specializes in early childhood development and works with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. They have two children, ages 7 and 4. The Budesky family will be moving to Manassas, Va. in the near future.
The City of Manassas, Va., is an independent, full service city of 10-square miles in Northern Virginia. The City is rich in history and the Manassas Junction of railroads played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. The City has a population of 35,821, owns its own public utilities, has the busiest general aviation airport in Virginia and is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Manassas has been recognized by the Virginia Municipal League and other national and state organizations for its highly successful neighborhood improvement programs and by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8212.