Barbara Swann elected town manager Crofton comptroller unanimous choice

June 08, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Barbara Swann, the Crofton comptroller and an employee of the community for 23 years, was unanimously elected last night as the new town manager.

The 11 members of the Crofton Civic Association's board of directors chose Ms. Swann over three other finalists after they were interviewed last night.

"We probably could have saved a lot of time by simply appointing her right off," said Edwin F. Dosek, president of the association's board. "But that would not have been fair to her or anyone else."

Ms. Swann, who had applied for the job once before, was not available immediately after the vote. But after her interview, she said she was not optimistic about her chances.

But Mr. Dosek said it was Ms. Swann's experience and familiarity with the community that made her the clear choice.

"The best candidate would have been a combination of everybody," Mr. Dosek said.

Eighty-six people applied for the position, which pays about $38,000 a year. The field was whittled to four finalists by a three-member search committee of two board members and a former association president.

That committee interviewed each of the candidates last night in front of the board members at Crofton Elementary School.

The former town manager, Jordan L. Harding, who was a seven-term mayor of New Carrollton, resigned in March. He had complained about having a strained relationship with the board.

Crofton officials refused to identify the other finalists. However, two of them spoke with reporters after their interviews -- James NTC B. Golden, former campaign manager for County Council Chairman David G. Boschert, and Gordon D. Hubley, an employee of a Laurel real estate company who once worked on economic development for the Prince George's County government.

Mr. Golden said he stressed his experience in county government, assisting Mr. Boschert.

Mr. Hubley said he has lived in Anne Arundel County for 30 years and is familiar with the area's traffic problems.

The fourth finalist did not come forward but was identified by a source as Michael D. McCormick, former executive director of the Maryland Petroleum Council, a lobbying group for the oil industry.

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