TANEYTOWN — James M. White, a self-employed Montgomery County businessman, has announced he will not accept the city manager post.
White, 44, a business consultant who lives in Olney, was chosen from a field of 80 candidates by the City Council last month to succeed longtime City Manager Neal W. Powell, who plans to retire.
The Cleveland native, who was expected to assume the post this month, informed the council by letter that he had been in his hometown area the past several days because of "a variety of complex issues concerning private family matters."
"Unfortunately these matters will have a prolonged and continuing impact on my time and personal resources, which will make it difficult if not impossible for me to devote proper time and attention to the business of Taneytown," White wrote in a letter dated Monday.
Mayor Henry I. Reindollar said the council will contact three other applicants who were in the running for the position. He said he didn't know whether the candidates were still interested.
The council will try to fill the $40,000-a-year postas soon as possible, Reindollar said.
Powell, 70, who has served as city manager for 13 years, said he will continue to work until a replacement is found.