Havre De Grace Is Seeking City Manager Candidate -- Again

March 31, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

The Havre de Grace Council is looking for a new city manager -- again.

A disagreement between the council and the man hired for the manager position forced the parties to "part ways" two weeks ago, MayorGunther Hirsch said.

The city council had approved hiring Dennis Sparks, of Bowling Green, Va., as its first manager. He was expected to start working in city hall March 18.

But Hirsch said Sparks and city officials disagreed over the wording in a contract for the manager's vacation, sick leave and pension benefits.

"These were fringe issues," Hirsch said. "We didn't see eye-to-eye on the interpretations."

Sparks could not be reached for comment.

Sparks runs a management consulting firm in Bowling Green.

Councilwoman Anna B. Long said the city andSparks already agreed upon the manager's job description and salary of about $42,000.

The city will go back to its pool of applications to find a new candidate for the manager's job, Long said. The city received about 50 applications when it advertised for the position last fall.

The council interviewed about a dozen candidates for the job.

"We had a lot of candidates who were qualified," Long said. "I guess we'll go back to the drawing board."

The manager will be responsible for preparing annual budgets, carrying out the council's decisions and overseeing the daily operations of the city's 75-member staff, including the police, planning and public works.

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