TANEYTOWN — Taking the city manager job here means Joseph A. Mangini Jr.'s family is moving to the city.
"My family is looking for more of a city-oriented area with a McDonald's and a Pizza Hut, which we don't have here," he said by phone from his home in Rock Hall, Kent County, where he had been the city manager. "We have to travel into Dover, Del., to do most of our shopping."
Mangini, 41, accepted the council's offer Monday night after a closed-door meeting in which the members rated him their first choice over three other finalists. He said he will move to the city with his wife, Gale, and start work as soon as possible.
"City managing is my profession, and I'm glad to get back into it again," he said. "Once a city manager, always a city manager."
The father of two boys -- Erik, 9, and Kent, 4 -- left his position in Rock Hall about five months ago to pursue a job as Cecil County's director of economic development. But the position didn't suit him.
"I didn't have as much freedom, and there were too many bosses over me," Mangini said. "Plus, my ideas just didn't click with theirs."
So, after having littleluck running a municipal consulting firm due to the recession, Mangini opened a sub shop in October.
"Taneytown is a great challenge, which is what I need," Mangini said.
Mangini's formal appointment and a $35,000 salary are to be voted on at the council's next regularmeeting Feb. 10, said City Attorney Thomas F. Stansfield.
Mayor Henry I. Reindollar said the council chose Mangini because of his 10 years of experience.
"The council and I rated (the four finalists) 1-2-3-4, and he came out on top," Reindollar said.
In addition to Rock Hall, Mangini has managed Milford, Del., and Elsmere, Del. He has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Delaware.
A major in the U.S. Army Reserves, he began his career in public service in 1976 when he left the military and ran for a seat in the U.S. Congress.
Mangini will replace Neal W. Powell, whoformally retired July 1, but stayed on until his replacement was hired. The search began last summer, and the council chose James White of Montgomery County. White declined for family reasons, however, and the search was reopened.
Stansfield said Mangini was one of the new applicants from the second search, which attracted more people withmunicipal experience. He said about 10 men and women were interviewed from a field of about 40 applicants.