City Council to appoint Interim City Manager

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:30

Winchester Common Council expects to appoint Mary T. Price of Strasburg, VA as Interim City Manager during the February 25, 2020 Council meeting. Following Council’s official vote, Ms. Price will assist with the transition period and begin service as the Interim City Manager on March 17, 2020. City Manager Eden E. Freeman has accepted the position of Deputy City Manager in Greenville, SC. Her last day with the City of Winchester will be March 16, 2020.

“I am honored to serve City Council and the Winchester community and look forward to working with City staff to continue moving the city forward,” stated Ms. Price. “My goal is to make this a smooth transition and to help the City of Winchester in every way I can.”

Ms. Price served in various roles with the County of Shenandoah, Virginia beginning in 1997, and ending with her retirement in April 2019 as the County Administrator. From 1978 to 1997, Ms. Price served the Town of Strasburg, VA as the Town Clerk and Director of Finance. Most recently, Ms. Price assisted the Clarke County Board of Supervisors with the selection process for their vacant County Administrator position.

While serving as the Shenandoah County Administrator, Ms. Price managed county operations including Fire and Rescue, 911 Emergency Communications, Building Inspections, Zoning and Subdivision, Solid Waste Management, Parks and Recreation, and the Animal Shelter. She also was responsible for preparing the annual budget of over $65M. While serving as Assistant County Administrator with Shenandoah County, Ms. Price was responsible for human resource management as well as serving as the Public Information Officer. 

Some notable accomplishments during her service in Shenandoah County include:

  • Created recycling program in county departments. 
  • Served as Public Information Officer for various emergencies including two tornados, two major hurricanes and other storms. 
  • Participated on the Personnel Policy Review Committee that was completed and became effective January 1, 2013. 
  • Provided oversight of the District Courts and Health and Human Services building projects.

Ms. Price holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Mennonite University.

“We are pleased and fortunate that Mary Beth has agreed to serve the City of Winchester in this interim capacity,” stated Mayor John David Smith, Jr. “Her experience in leading a local government organization in Virginia will be beneficial in maintaining the high level of City services that our community expects during the upcoming recruitment process.”

City Council is currently considering recruitment firms to manage the national search process and expect to make a selection soon in order to begin the search for Winchester’s next City Manager.