Mangini keeps title, changes towns He's city manager in Indian Head

September 19, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Former Taneytown City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. is now supervising the municipal affairs of a city in Charles County.

On Friday, Mr. Mangini completed his first week of work in Indian Head, a city on the Potomac River in the Washington metropolitan area.

"It's been pretty busy here," Mr. Mangini said, referring to both his professional and personal lives. "We're [he and his family] not completely moved here yet, either."

Mr. Mangini was fired by the Taneytown mayor and City Council, for reasons city officials will not discuss, on Aug. 9 in a closed session following the monthly council meeting.

The former city manager said personal and professional differences between him and the elected officials led to his dismissal.

Mr. Mangini, who said he was surprised by his termination, had to find another job and another home before Aug. 31, when he and his family had to vacate his former East Baltimore Street home.

His wife, Gale, canceled the school registration of their two children, Erik, 10, and Kent, 6, and made arrangements for brief relocation to Elsmere, Del., where Mr. Mangini's father lives.

But on Aug. 26, Mr. Mangini interviewed for the Indian Head city manager position. Shortly afterward, he was hired.

"They had 100 people from all over the country," Mr. Mangini said. "I feel very grateful to have been chosen."

Indian Head is not much different from Taneytown, Mr. Mangini said. The city has a population of about 4,000, and many of the concerns are the same.

"My first project deals with infiltration [of pollutants into the water system]," Mr. Mangini said of a situation similar to a Taneytown problem he was dealing with. "They are also looking for economic development here, and stabilizing the community."

But the city governments are much different.

Indian Head Mayor Dennis Scheessele presides over a council with only two members. Taneytown has a handful of employees on its payroll; Indian Head has about 20.

And there is no police department. The Charles County Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction over the area.

"It will take some getting used to," Mr. Mangini said. "But, overall, this is a perfect setup for us."

Mr. Mangini said he is very satisfied with his salary and benefits in his new position, which include a house and a car. While employed in Taneytown, he often publicly disagreed with the mayor and council regarding his salary.

He said he also is glad to be away from the stress he was feeling in Taneytown.

"There's a lot less headaches to have to deal with here," Mr. Mangini said.

The Taneytown city government is taking applications for the vacant city manager job until Oct. 28.

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