Williar Ends His 35-year Tenure As Mayor

February 24, 1991|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer

UNION BRIDGE — For 35 years, longer than any other Carroll mayor, Edward L. Williar has presided over the town government here.

That's long enough, he said Thursday.

"I have had this job for a long time," said the 76-year-old mayor, a lifelong Union Bridge resident. "It's really time for someone else to take over."

The mayor will announce his resignation at Monday's regular monthly council meeting, he said.

Williar's name has been synonymous with the office of mayor since he was first elected in 1952. The job has been his, except for one four-year term during the 1970s in which Richard Stultz was elected. Before becoming mayor, Williar served one term on the council.

"I have enjoyed all of it," hesaid. "Like everything else, though, it has had its ups and downs."

The mayor will preside over three more council sessions before a new mayor is sworn in after the May 14 election.

Candidates have until April 15 to file for the election at Town Hall. As yet, no one hasfiled, although two councilmen say they would like to be Williar's successor.

Council President Perry L. Jones Jr., 38, said he is waiting for Williar's public announcement before making his intentions known.

"Ed has done a great job," he said. "I don't want him to think anyone is pushing him out."

Jones, a self-employed mechanic in the town, is serving his third term on the council. He has been its president since 1987.

During the past 10 years, he said, he has agreed with most of the mayor's policies and would continue them. He said he would like to bolster the town's economic situation, too.

"We have to try to help our businesses more and to encourage others to locate here," said Jones, who owns Tuck's Chevron on Main Street.

Councilman Scott W. Davis, 62, who ran unsuccessfully for county commissioner last fall, said he also "envisions himself" as mayor.

"It's a step up from a council seat," he said. "But I feel that I can handle the responsibilities."

In his first bid for a council seat in 1989, Davis won one of the three vacancies by the largest margin.

A former police chief here, Davis recently retired from Lehigh Portland Cement Co. He said he could devote most of his time to the town.

"I know Ed put a lot of time in at the job," he said. "I could do that, too."

All three say growth is the biggest issue facing the town and cited the possible annexation of the 171-acre Phillips property as an example. Development of that parcel could triple the town's population, projections show.

For several months, the council has been grappling with the annexation proposal, which Williar said he favors.After two public hearings and much criticism from residents, the council remains undecided.

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