The Manassas city manager resigned Monday, informing the City Council that he needs to leave the area to care for his ailing mother-in-law, officials said.
John A. Budesky began the job last March and he said his last day will be in mid-June. Manassas Mayor Harry “Hal” Parrish II (R) said that city leaders would begin the process of choosing an interim city manager, as the process to select a new top official would extend beyond June.
Budesky’s ailing mother-in-law has been in declining health in the Richmond area, Budesky said, and his family has spent ample time traveling to see her. The strain on his family became hard and he said he made the decision to move back to the area with his wife, 5-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter.
“I had to prioritize time with the family over career right now,” Budesky said. “It was a difficult decision to leave the city after they’ve been really good to me and my family.”
As he worked through his first budget process this year, Budesky stressed a good relationship with the city’s school administration, officials said. Ultimately, he recommended a real-estate tax rate of $1.192 per $100 of assessed value, which, when considering other increases, would mean an average bill hike of 4.1 percent to $4,521.
Budesky’s proposed budget, which is still being weighed by the City Council, charts a course for new infrastructure. If adopted, his plan would mean a new Baldwin Elementary School, a new fire station and a new school administrative building in the coming years, among other additions.
Parrish said he understands Budesky’s decision and the need to spend time with family. “I’m disappointed and hate to see him go,” Parrish said.
Budesky said that Manassas presents a great opportunity, and he appreciates residents’ level of engagement with city officials. “You can do a lot to help a community with good residents and a good business community who are invested and want to see the city improve,” he said.
His priorities now, however, are his family, he said. “It’s been an extremely difficult decision.”
Budesky was previously the executive director of the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission, which administers and oversees the state’s compensation benefits.
Budesky has been a local government administrator for 16 years in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. He is the former county administrator for New Kent County, Va., an assistant city administrator for Hagerstown, Md., and a department head in Washington County, Md.