Wantz Hopes Successor Is Rebel, Too

January 09, 1991|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff writer

TANEYTOWN — Former City Councilman David E. Wantz, who resigned last month aftermoving to nearby Carroll Valley, Pa., hopes his successor follows inhis footsteps.

"I definitely would like to see them pick somebodyyoung, energetic and with a little different type of stance on things," said Wantz, who was swept into office last year on a pledge of open and responsive government.

Wantz said he did not recommend anyone for the position.

His replacement will be selected by the four remaining council members -- Jacquelyn L. Polk, Henry C. Heine Jr., James L. McCarron and W. Robert Flickinger, who also serves as pro tem mayor.

Although the council is expected to discuss the vacancy at its regular monthly meeting Monday, members say they have no candidates in mind.

"It's early,"said Polk, the council's first female member, who was appointed to the seat left open by the death of longtime Councilman Thomas H. Smithin 1989. "To the best of my knowledge, we don't have anyone in mind."

Whoever is appointed to Wantz's seat will serve until 1993. Council members receive $30 per meeting.

Any citizen with an interest in town government would be a qualified candidate, McCarron said.

Although McCarron said he has heard of several people interested in the position, he has not seen any resumes or applications.

"Severalpeople have expressed interest, from what I hear," McCarron said. "I'm not sure who they all are. I wouldn't want to mention any names without mentioning the whole crop of candidates."

Council members said it took about two months to appoint Smith's successor.

"Based on the last vacancy, it will take us two or three months to select someone," McCarron said. "We have no real guidelines, but we try to operate in a timely fashion."

Mayor Henry I. Reindollar said a successor should be appointed within 60 days. He said a number of people have expressed interest, but no serious candidates have come forth.

Wantz stepped down at the end of last month, and the holidays may havekept people from applying, the mayor said.

The 34-year-old Wantz was the top vote-getter during May's council elections, when he and Henry C. Heine Jr. unseated two of three incumbents in one of the hardest-fought city races in recent memory. Wantz received 141 of the 193votes cast in the election.

Throughout his almost two-year term, he has been an outspoken critic of the status quo, often bringing complaints from residents to open sessions of the council.

A lifelongTaneytown resident, Wantz moved to his wife's home in Carroll Valleyafter they were married in November. He will continue to operate hisEast Baltimore Street electrical contracting firm and maintain ownership of several residential properties in the city.

"I would like to see them pick somebody like myself," Wantz said. "They need a little variety. It's better for the town people when there are different types of people on the council."

He said the council has been helped in recent years with the election or appointment of younger members.

"There's nothing to hide," he said.

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