New Windsor names new clerk/treasurer NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

August 06, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

New Windsor resident John M. Keck can draw on experience from his current jobs as a tax consultant and a camera salesman to be successful in his new appointment as town clerk/treasurer.

He'll be able to focus on reorganizing the town records to develop a clearer picture of municipal finances for town residents.

"That's my whole goal, to help the people," said Mr. Keck, who will step into the position when longtime town Clerk/Treasurer Richard Warehime, 70, retires at the end of the year. "Jay [Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr.] wants to computerize everything and make it more accessible to the people."

The New Windsor Town Council approved Mr. Keck's appointment Wednesday night during the monthly council meeting. Mr. Keck will go through a training period with Mr. Warehime -- who is in his 46th year of service to the town -- before he takes over the job.

Three people had been considered for the appointment. One had withdrawn his application, but two were discussed during a closed session before the council meeting.

Mr. Keck was approved by a vote of 4-1 at both meetings. Councilman Ronnie Blacksten voted against Mr. Keck's


"The decision that I made when I voted against his appointment was not at all to disrespect him," Mr. Blacksten said. "I just felt that, having more than one applicant, I wanted to support the other one."

Mr. Gullo and Mr. Blacksten would not disclose the names of the other applicants.

Mr. Keck, 63, is a Pennsylvania native whose family moved to the New Windsor area when he was in his teens. He graduated from New Windsor High School. He received a bachelor's degree in education, math and chemistry from Ashland University in Ohio and a master's degree in supervision and administration from Pace University in New York.

He also spent a year at Michigan State University studying chemistry and two years at the University of Maryland studying engineering.

Mr. Keck taught school in New Jersey for 20 years before returning to the county and settling in New Windsor, his wife June's hometown, in 1976. He taught at Sykesville Middle School for seven years and at New Windsor Middle School for five years before retiring in 1991.

After retiring, he started John Keck Tax Consulting & Return Preparation, which he runs out of his Hawks Hill Road home.

Mayor Gullo said he recommended Mr. Keck because he felt the town could benefit from the man's experience.

"He has an extensive background in dealing with finances," said Mr. Gullo. "His educational background is such that he will be able to make this transition smoothly."

Mr. Gullo said compatibility also played a part in his recommendation of Mr. Keck as a replacement for Mr. Warehime.

"As the mayor and the clerk work closely together on a continual basis, I feel the clerk should be someone I can get along with," Mr. Gullo said. "I liked his personality and feel we can work together on a regular basis."

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