New Windsor town clerk to retire after 45 years Warehime may serve until 1994 NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

July 09, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

After 45 years of being virtually synonymous with New Windsor town government, Richard M. Warehime has decided to retire from his position as town clerk/treasurer.

"I just sort of felt 45 years was enough," said Mr. Warehime, 70. "I just had my mind made up, and I wanted to do it as graceful as possible without leaving the town in a lurch."

Mr. Warehime says he will stay involved with town government, continuing as zoning administrator.

Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. announced at the monthly Town Council meeting Wednesday that the town will appoint an "understudy" to learn Mr. Warehime's job before the longtime clerk retires at the end of the year.

"He's been the glue that has held this town together for years," Mr. Gullo said at the meeting. "But as he has other commitments and the town is growing, we feel it is time to make a move to have someone else learn the job."

Mr. Warehime's replacement will be expected to start learning as soon as the position is filled.

"If I see that the person is able to do the job on his own, the retirement date could be moved up," Mr. Gullo said. "It could be as soon as September."

Mr. Warehime said a recent turn of events at council meetings has also made him think about his job.

"Well, the length of the meetings is one thing," Mr. Warehime said, referring to the marathon meeting Wednesday at which developers' concerns and other items kept him at the Town Hall until nearly 11 p.m. "The developers are becoming a real hassle, and I figure I've had enough of it."

Mr. Warehime also said it may take people a while to get used to Mr. Gullo's "strictly-by-the-book" approach to town government.

"I don't like all those legal-beagle ideas in everything," Mr. Warehime said. "I don't know, but sometimes you've got bend a little. We old-timers are used to bending occasionally, when it is at all possible.

"As time goes on, I'm afraid the citizens may not like it if you can't bend a little," he said.

Mr. Warehime's first day as clerk/treasurer was Jan. 1, 1948, about a month after he and his family moved to New Windsor.

The job that started as a "gentlemen's agreement" between Mr. Warehime and then-mayor George Hoover became a full-fledged career long before Mr. Warehime retired from being a salesman in 1982.

Mr. Warehime said he has tried to retire several times, most recently during the term of Councilman James C. Carlisle, but he's never been able to get away with it.

"I have a target for the end of the year, but I wouldn't say that's hard and fast," Mr. Warehime said. "If they need me, I'll help them out."

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