Kolodziejski to leave Manchester council Vacancy may be filled by runner-up in May 18 election NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

September 08, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Manchester Town Councilman Robert C. Kolodziejski has resigned, saying he does not have enough time to devote to council business.

He tendered his resignation in an Aug. 19 letter to Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr.

"It's a part-time position, but it takes a full-time effort. I can't give it that full-time effort right now," Mr. Kolodziejski said yesterday.

"I tried to talk him out of it," Mr. Warehime said. "I just wish he would reconsider. He's done a good job, and we're kind of in the middle of a lot of things."

In May, Mr. Kolodziejski was given oversight responsibility for staffing and economic development. He was charged with updating the town's personnel policy and devising a salary scale for employees.

Mr. Kolodziejski said yesterday that when he ran for office in 1991, he promised voters he would work hard. But, he said, "I have a lot of personal things that are going on right now. I don't have the time to work as hard as I would like to."

Mr. Kolodziejski said he is returning to school to complete a business degree. He said he will take courses at Catonsville Community College and later at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

He said his resignation is not related to surgery in February to implant a heart defibrillator.

Mr. Kolodziejski, a supervisor at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum, campaigned for the council in 1991 as a write-in candidate. His term ends in spring 1995.

According to the town code, a midterm council vacancy is filled by a majority vote of remaining council members.

Mr. Warehime said the council's practice in filling vacancies has been to select the runner-up in the most recent council election.

Councilwoman Charlotte B. Collett said she would suggest following that procedure.

In Manchester's May 18 election, the runner-up was Christopher D'Amario, with 80 votes.

The winners were Mrs. Collett, an incumbent, with 87 votes; Douglas E. Myers, the town's former water and waste water superintendent, with 105 votes; and former clerk-treasurer Kathryn L. Riley, with 136 votes.

Mr. D'Amario said yesterday he would be interested in serving on the council if the job were offered.

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