Leesburg, Va. (September 3, 2014) – The Town of Leesburg announced today that Keith Markel, the current Lovettsville Town Manager, has been hired as the new Deputy Town Manager for Leesburg. Mr. Markel will replace Kaj Dentler, beginning Monday, October 6, 2014, when Mr. Dentler steps into the Town Manager position following the retirement of John Wells.
Keith Markel has been the Town Manager for the Town of Lovettsville for seven years. He first joined the Town of Lovettsville as Assistant Town Manager and Project Manager in January 2007 and was promoted to his current position in May 2007. Prior his tenure with Lovettsville, Mr. Markel worked for the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, as City Planner. Mr. Markel holds a Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University with a double major in Public Administration and Political Science. He is a Certified Planner (AICP) and a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Virginia Local Government Management Association.
“While we will truly miss Keith in Lovettsville, I am excited for him as he engages himself at this higher level,” said Robert J. Zoldos II, Lovettsville’s mayor. “Keith’s time with Lovettsville will always be marked as the coming of age for our little town and we know that he made that happen. I would like to thank him for getting us to where we are today!”
“We had a very strong candidate pool for the Deputy Town Manager position,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s incoming Town Manager. “Keith quickly rose to the top as our number one choice. His experience in Lovettsville, as a ‘hands-on’ manager, will be invaluable as he transitions to our larger community.”