Herndon Town Manager Art Anselene to Retire

Arthur A. Anselene, town manager of the Town of Herndon, will retire following four decades of service to the town.

Anselene joined the town staff in 1976 as director of Parks & Recreation, a position he held for 30 years. During his tenure, the department grew from a single-employee operation into a comprehensive parks and recreation system to include eleven parks, the indoor tennis center at Bready Park and the flagship Herndon Community Center, first opened in 1979 and newly renovated in 2006. His leadership resulted in the department becoming only the fourth in the Commonwealth of Virginia to receive national agency accreditation from the Commission of Parks and Recreation Agencies, and a repeat winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence by the National Recreation and Park Association.

In 2007, Anselene was promoted to the town’s top administrative post. His tenure at the helm coincided with a period of significant change and growth for the town, to include development of a downtown master plan and work toward a comprehensive redevelopment agreement that will result in a revitalized commercial and residential space in Herndon’s downtown; comprehensive planning for transit-oriented development near the Herndon station on Metro’s Silver Line, slated to open in 2020; careful financial stewardship during the nationwide recession in 2008-09 that maintained the town’s solid fiscal position, to include AAA bond ratings by national financial analysts; and a customer-service orientation that generated outstanding ratings by citizens surveyed about town programs and services.

Anselene expressed gratitude to Herndon for the opportunity to be part of the town’s growth and development and for “a unique and fulfilling career, for which I will always be blessed.” He cited the town’s “highly dedicated and competent management team, who through their collective leadership and continuity have driven excellence in our services and operations,” and said that the town was fortunate to have longstanding employees who he called “the backbone of the town’s operations.” He thanked all town employees for their work and dedication, saying that “I am proud to be one of your coworkers.”

Said Mayor Merkel, “Art’s leadership, dedication and commitment to the citizens of Herndon cannot be overstated. It has been Herndon’s tremendously good fortune to have him among our leadership team for more than 40 years, to include his last decade as town manager. On a personal note, his guidance and counsel to me and my colleagues on the Town Council have been invaluable.

“Retirement after such an outstanding tenure is always bittersweet,” Merkel continued. “Art will be sorely missed by all of us who work with him on a daily basis. The good news is that he and Susan, as well as their children and grandchildren, will continue to be a regular presence in the town. We wish them only the best as they begin their happy retirement years.”

Merkel added that an interim town manager will be appointed shortly, and the town will embark on a national search for Anselene’s replacement.
Return to full list >>