Leesburg Town Manager John Wells has announced that he will be retiring, effective Oct. 3, 2014.
Wells told the Town Council at it's Oct. 23 meeting during the closed session.
The town manager's contract ends Sept. 30, 2014 and Wells indicated he does not plan to seek a new one. He did, however, wish to finish out the week.
Wells took the position of Leesburg town manager on Oct. 1, 2004. As town manager, Wells acts as the CEO of the town, supervising functions like public safety, utilities, airport operations, land development, parks and recreation and internal support.
Wells boasts a long history of government work in Loudoun County; in 1982, he joined Loudoun County as a budget analysis, getting promoted to Budget Director six years later. In 1991, he became deputy county administrator.
Prior to coming to Loudoun, Wells worked in both California and Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Gannon University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh' Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. With family located in Pennsylvania, Wells and his wife Debbie may relocate back to the state. They have lived in Leesburg for 28 years.
Wells and his wife, who have three adult children, hope to now be able to spend more time with their grandchildren,telling the town council he did not want them to watch them, "grow up on Skype."
“We all have the highest regard for John and are going to miss him terribly,” Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd said. “His humor and ability to work with diverse individuals have made him the ideal Manager for the Town.”
But Umstattd assured that she will work with Wells and Deputy Town Manager Kaj Dentler and other staff to “ensure a smooth transition, so that the corporate culture, that John has built, will continue.”