Taneytown manager vacancy to persist Scheduling problems delay review process

November 18, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Taneytown is likely to be without a city manager for the rest of the year, Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. said yesterday.

The mayor and City Council have been unable to agree on a time to meet and view the applications, with an eye to selecting the most promising candidates.

"We're trying to decide when we can look over the applicants, but to tell you the truth, we don't know when that may be," Mr. Reindollar said.

"We've got a councilman going away for a week, and I myself will be gone for five days or so. And the fire company wants us to attend their annual Christmas party," the mayor said. "If [the process] doesn't start by the first of the year, I won't be a bit surprised."

The city has been without a manager since the beginning of August, when the mayor and council voted to terminate Joseph A. Mangini Jr., who was hired to replace Neal W. Powell in January 1992.

Officials refused to comment on the city manager's firing, which occurred after Mr. Mangini would not resign at the council's request.

However, Mr. Mangini -- who became manager of Indian Head in Charles County shortly after losing his Taneytown post -- said the council fired him after falsely accusing him of impropriety in his dealings with a local developer in order to get rid of an effective public servant.

By the end of August, the city began advertising the job in municipal league publications in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey, as well as in the League of Cities publication to reach more distant areas.

Their search has yielded more than 30 applicants, a decrease from the pool of about 40 from which Mr. Mangini was selected. Mr. Mangini and nine others in that group were invited to be interviewed.

It is the process of deciding who should be granted interviews that has been delayed because officials are unable to agree on a day to meet.

"It's a shame it has to drag on so long, but it can't be helped," Mayor Reindollar said. "I'm very upset that we are still without a decision, but we're working on it."

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