WESTMINSTER - The city is one step closer to a manager, as the personnel committee begins sorting through the 69 applications it received through last week.
Candidates from as far as Florida and South Carolina have submitted their qualifications for the $39,000 to $61,000 a year position supervising day-to-day operations at City Hall, said Councilman Edward S. Calwell.
Advertisements for the position ran in the Carroll County Times, The Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Hanover Evening Sun and the Maryland Municipal League newsletter.
Applications were also received by Wednesday from Carroll and Baltimore county residents, including one unidentified current city employee.
John Dudderar, a long-time city clerk, said he did not apply for the position, although city Planning Director Thomas B. Beyard chose not to comment on whether or not he was a candidate for the job.
The committee -- which includes Calwell, Council President Kenneth J.
Hornberger and Councilman Mark S. Snyder -- will first eliminate unqualified applicants, said Snyder.
Next, the top five to 15 candidates will be interviewed by the committee. The top two to five applicants will then be interviewed by the full City Council.
Although the committee has invited comment from Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, Brown said his thoughts will not have an impact on the final decision.
The city manager position was created in October, following the advice of the Advisory Task Force on Governmental Administration appointed in April to study how the council, mayor and city employees interact.
Brown, who supported the hiring of a manager, has maintained that having the council appoint the candidate will reduce the mayor to a figurehead position.