The city of Manassas announced a new city manager this week.

After a nationwide search, weeks of interviews and dozens of candidates considered for the job, the City Council plans to hire state official John A. Budesky to succeed former longtime manager Lawrence D. Hughes.

Budesky, 39, will take over the job March 5. Pat Weiler, who heads the city’s finance department, is serving as interim manager.

John A. Budesky (Courtesy of The City of Manassas, Va./COURTESY OF THE CITY OF MANASSAS, VA.)

Budesky is currently 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.

City council members said Budesky was chosen for his local government experience and his enthusiasm to be a part of Manassas.

Budesky, who has two young children and plans to move to the city as soon as possible from Mechanicsville, said that he looks forward to getting to know and understand the city’s departments and personnel. He said immediate priorities are public safety and ensuring a good education for city children.

“The City of Manasssas has established a wonderful foundation for the city, I look forward to helping the city move forward,” Budesky said, according to a news release.