A Virginia man is Havre de Grace's first manager.
Dennis Sparks, ofBowling Green, Va., was selected for the job over 50 applicants. City officials expect Sparks to be on the job in several weeks, pending salary negotiations.
Sparks runs a management consulting firm in Bowling Green. He also served as a county administrator in Washington County in western Virginia from 1981 to 1984, city officials said.
Sparks' salary will be between $40,000 and $45,000, city officials said.
He will be responsible for preparing annual budgets, carrying out the council's decisions and overseeing the daily operations of the city's staff of 75, including the police, planning and public works departments.
City officials established the manager position last year to replace the city clerk position. City Clerk Robert Northwood resigned in December.