Taneytown considers replacement manager Clerk/treasurer is among applicants

August 29, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Taneytown officials are considering several applicants for the vacant city manager's position.

At least six people -- including City Clerk/Treasurer Linda M. Hess -- have applied for the job.

"I asked that my application be reactivated," said Ms. Hess, who had applied for the job several times during her 17 years working in the city office. "I hope they still have my application. I hope they haven't thrown it out or anything."

The city manager's position became vacant Aug. 9 when the mayor and council fired former manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. for reasons city officials will not discuss.

Councilman Henry C. Heine, who is leading the effort to find a new citymanager, spoke about the dismissal in vague terms.

"Everybody has their pluses and minuses. A plus to me may be someone else's minus," Mr. Heine said. "The culmination of it all as a whole was enough to result in his [Mr. Mangini's] dismissal."

Ms. Hess said she has been the clerk and treasurer for the city for about 15 years. She spent two years as a "girl Friday of sorts," typing letters and organizing the office, she said.

She became a certified municipal clerk in 1984 after completing course work for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks through Old Dominion University in Virginia. She has since attained the Advanced Academic Education Designation, the highest category of municipal clerks.

"Linda's application will certainly be considered," Mayor Henry I. Reindollar said. "She has done very good work for the city and is very organized. She has been very good at handling city affairs."

A few potential candidates sent resumes to the city office before officials began advertising the position in area municipal league publications more than a week ago, said City Attorney Thomas )) F. Stansfield, who is reviewing the applications at his office in Westminster.

Aside from publicizing the opening in municipal league publications in Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey, Mr. Heine said, the city has advertised in the League of Cities publication to reach more distant areas.

"We're looking for the basic skills every city manager should have," Mr. Heine said. "We're also looking for someone who has experience with acquiring grants and administering grants because we're heading into that area."

Mr. Heine said the city is looking for a person with strengths in other important areas.

"We are also looking for someone with computer experience. We would really like to see these things in place, because it would really help with organizing and completing projects.

"We're looking for good people skills, too," Mr. Heine continued. "That position is really the city's front line to the public."

Mr. Heine said the city will accept applications until October 29.

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