The Prince William Circuit Court officially made John P. Grzejka (R) the interim Manassas commissioner of revenue yesterday, a move anticipated after the city recommended Grzejka for the post earlier this week.

Grzejka announced his pending resignation from the post of Manassas vice mayor on Wednesday and took a leave of absence from his job as a business tax auditor with the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Grzejka expressed sadness about the circumstances of the appointment, which came after the death last month of the former commissioner, Gary Plauger. But overall, he seemed eager to step into the new role.

"This is something that I've looked for for over 24 years and finally I get the opportunity to represent the citizens," he said.

The appointment, signed by the five Circuit Court judges, is effective immediately and will run through the time of a special election Nov. 2. Grzejka said he hopes to start work Monday.

Meanwhile, the Manassas Park City Council ranked its choices for an interim revenue commissioner Tuesday night, favoring Yolanda Smith over the current deputy revenue commissioner and another hopeful.

But questions about the legality of the council's secret ballot caused the city to decide to hold another vote in which each council member will publicly declare his or her preference.

"We're doing this simply to make sure that the people involved feel like they're being treated fairly and openly," said John Bellaschi, the city attorney.

The second vote is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Mayor Ernest L. Evans said he expects that the council likely will vote as it did before.