New Windsor's High-Mileage Clerk CARROLL COUNTY

August 25, 1993

With 45 years on the job, Richard M. Warehime has been the clerk-treasurer of New Windsor almost twice as long as Mayor Jack Gullo Jr., 24, has been on this earth.

With such wide difference in ages, experiences and perspectives, it was inevitable that the two would not see eye-to-eye on a number of issues involving town governance. As a result, Mr. Warehime is retiring this year.

The position of clerk-treasurer might not sound like an important job, but for nearly two generations Mr. Warehime was the institutional engine that kept the New Windsor town government functioning.

Because part-time elected officials often declined to take on time-consuming tasks, Mr. Warehime, by default, assumed more and more management obligations. He kept all the town's records, dealt with developers, compiled the council's agenda and attended to all the other day-to-day town business.

At town meetings, mayors and councilmen would often tap Mr. Warehime's encyclopedic knowledge of town history and government. So great was his presence that when most New Windsorites thought of town officials they thought of Mr. Warehime rather than the elected mayor and council members.

The election three months ago of Mr. Gullo, a strong-minded, take-charge young man, changed the dynamics between the clerk-treasurer and the mayor. Mr. Gullo has a clear agenda for the town. He wants to prepare the municipality for its inevitable growth by computerizing record-keeping, systematizing development reviews and approvals and ensuring that town government is open and accessible. Mr. Gullo gives people in town government two choices: Join me or get out of the way.

Mr. Gullo's more modern, legalistic approach to governing chafed Mr. Warehime, who has been used to seeing town business conducted in a more relaxed, informal fashion. Even though he is no longer clerk-treasurer, Mr. Warehime will still be involved in New Windsor affairs as town zoning administrator.

The new mayor has appointed John M. Keck, 63, to replace the 70-year-old Mr. Warehime, but as one council member said, "New Windsor isn't going to get the same mileage it got from Mr. Warehime."

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