Herndon Public Works Director David P. Larsen has been appointed acting town manager after the resignation last week of Edwin D. Martin.

Larsen, 55, will remain in his public works job while he serves as interim town manager. He said he will apply for the permanent town manager position.

Martin, who resigned one month before his 65th birthday, had said earlier that he believed "it was an appropriate time for a change."

Herndon Mayor Richard C. Thoesen said he hopes a full-time manager will be appointed to handle the town's $7.8 million budget by late November. He said the new manager "would need to be an innovator . . . . We can't dillydally; the community is on fire with residential and commercial growth . I want somebody to jump in with both feet and take charge."

Larsen worked for the City of Alexandria's department of transporation and environmental services for more than five years before becoming head of Herndon's public works division in 1980. In addition, the West Virginia native spent 24 years in the Army Corps of Engineers before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1974.

Thoesen said the town manager job most likely will carry a yearly salary of $52,000. But he added that the town's highest appointed administrator should be paid "what they are worth."