MANCHESTER - Second-term Councilman Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. is expected to become this community's 36th mayor when the council appoints him later this month to replace Elmer C. Lippy Jr., who leaves town hall in December to become a county commissioner.
During a closed executive session last week, the council and mayor discussed possible replacements for the popular 70-year-old, one-term mayor.
And while no formal vote was taken by the council -- such a vote would have violated Maryland's Open Meetings Law -- several town officials said Warehime is the likely choice.
A 45-year-old Colonial Pipeline technician, Warehime was elected to the council in 1985 and has lived in Manchester all of his life. He was out of town on business last week and could not be reached for comment.
Warehime's name first surfaced this summer as a possible replacement for Lippy after he announced his bid for one of the three commissioner seats.
Other possible replacements -- most notably Councilman David M. Warner -- have expressed reservations about assuming the part-time, $1,200-a-year post.
The change in the mayor's office is the second major political shift to hit this 225-year-old town this year. In August, Councilwoman Diane D.
Maddox resigned after moving out of Manchester. The council chose Hampstead town manager -- and longtime Manchester resident -- John A. Riley to fill the remaining months of her unexpired term.
Riley was selected from a field of five, including former Planning Commission chairwoman Charlotte B. Collett, former Councilman John Edsel and Board of Zoning Appeals president John Timberman.
Warehime's seat -- up for re-election in May 1993 -- would be filled by the council. Lippy said last week that he expected that some of the same people who wanted to fill Maddox's seat would seek Warehime's.
The council will vote on Lippy's replacement during its regular biweekly meeting Nov. 28.
While not specifically naming Warehime, Councilman Gerald H. Bollinger said last week that he "would not be a surprise. We don't have anyone waiting in the wings."
Town Clerk and Manager Kathryn L. Riley confirmed that Lippy's seat will be filled by a member of the council.