Gary Shanaberger

Appomattox Town Manager Gary Shanaberger

Appomattox Town Manager Gary Shanaberger announced today that he will be leaving Appomattox to take on the role of town manager in Altavista. The plan was finalized after The Altavista Town Council voted unanimously in its Nov. 9 meeting to approve an employment agreement with Shanaberger.

Shanabeger has served as the town manager of Appomattox since 2017

“I would like to thank each of you for the opportunity to serve as town manager for the Town of Appomattox and to thank those council members who believed in me when I was hired,” he said in a statement to the Appomattox town council. “I have genuinely enjoyed my time here in Appomattox. It has been a busy four years. Thanks to your support and an outstanding staff, we have had several team accomplishments that will benefit the community for many years to come.”

The outgoing manager listed as some of the town government’s accomplishments during his tenure: “I&I Project/force main/equalization tank, Meadowlark CBDG Project, Downtown Revitalization Project, Church Street Waterline Project, significant repairs to Town Hall, permanent restrooms at the Kiddie Park, Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, and conversion to new accounting and management software.”

Shanaberger also pointed out ongoing and upcoming projects.

“As you know, there are other projects on the horizon such as the train depot and the Smart Scale Beautification Project for Old Courthouse Road, as well,” he stated. “Thank you again for the opportunity to serve the Town of Appomattox community.”

“We’re losing a very good town manager,” Appomattox Mayor Richard Conner stated in an interview with the Times Virginian. “He’s been the only one who’s served under me, but I’ve known a lot of them since the 1970s when my father was on the town council. I’ve been thrilled to work with Gary. He keeps the council informed and handles the day-to-day business. He informs the council when it’s something we need to look into.”

The mayor cited a few of the recent projects in which Shanaberger has led the town: “Downtown Revitalization which was started before my tenure, I&I Project, which I had the privilege of signing, and funding for the Church Street Waterline Project.”

Prior to his tenure in Appomattox, Shanaberger held the position of business analyst and special projects coordinator in the Office of Community and Economic Development/Small Business Development Center at Longwood University. Before that, he owned and managed his family’s Farmville business specializing in outdoor power equipment. He earned his degrees, a bachelor of science in business administration and an MBA, both from Longwood.

In Altavista, Shanaberger will be filling the shoes of longtime Town Manager Waverly Coggsdale, who departed in August to become Strasbourg’s town manager.

“We are glad to welcome Mr. Shanaberger to our community and look forward to his leadership of the town workforce in the implementation of council’s vision for Altavista,” Altavista Mayor Mike Mattox stated. “Council was impressed by his small business background, his local government knowledge and experience, and his demeanor. We already knew about some of his achievements in Appomattox and are glad that he can continue to be a regional asset. We think that Gary will be an excellent fit for the Town of Altavista.”

Concerning his new role, Shanaberger commented in a press release from the Town of Altavista: “I am excited about this opportunity to be of service to the Town of Altavista. The Town Council has a great vision for the community that is focused on good government and enhancing the quality of life for residents. I particularly look forward to working with partners such as Altavista On Track and the Economic Development Authority on important downtown revitalization and economic development projects. I appreciate the confidence that the Council has shown in me and am looking forward to getting to know and serve the employees and citizens of Altavista.”

According to the press release, “Mr. Shanaberger will assume his duties as Altavista Town Manager shortly after the first of the year.”

His final day working at the Town of Appomattox and a transition plan have not yet been determined, as he informed Appomattox Town Council and staff today of his departure.

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