Crofton to pick town manager at meeting tonight 4 finalists face private interviews

June 07, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

The Crofton Civic Association board of directors is expected to choose a new town manager tonight, following private interviews with the four finalists.

The process this year for choosing someone to fill the $38,000-a-year post differs from three years ago when the board selected Jordan L. Harding.

In that case, the president of the civic association, Edwin F. Dosek, simply recommended a single candidate for consideration.

But this year, several board members asked Mr. Dosek if they could have more input.

"The majority of the board wants a little more information on who the candidates are," said Ed Ganning, who was elected to the board last year. "As concerned voters in this town, we would like to see more than one of the 86 people who applied."

Mr. Dosek said last week that he would have the top candidates appear before the entire board if it would be too tough to choose a particular candidate.

The successful candidate will replace Mr. Harding, who resigned in March after a somewhat strained relationship with the board, which he complained had second-guessed him. Some board members accused Mr. Harding of making policy without their approval.

Tonight's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the media Center of Crofton Elementary School, on Duke of Kent Drive near Town Hall.

Each of the final four candidates will have 20 minutes to respond to prepared questions posed by the three-member search committee.

"It is anticipated that a choice to fill the town manager vacancy will be made this evening," a statement issued by Crofton officials says.

Crofton officials have not made public the names of the four finalists. Sources have said the top candidates are Barbara Swann, the current comptroller; James B. Golden, the former campaign manager for County Council Chairman David G. Boschert; and Joe Mangini, the city manager of Taneytown.

Mr. Mangini said that as of Friday afternoon, he had not heard from Crofton and was not planning to attend the interviews. Ms. Swann and Mr. Golden confirmed on Friday that they have been asked to appear at tonight's meeting for an interview.

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