Taneytown to readvertise for manager

January 19, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Taneytown city government will readvertise the city manager's position that has been vacant since Joseph A. Mangini Jr. was fired in August, but officials continue to interview candidates who applied for the job when it was first advertised in the fall.

Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. said the council decided to readvertise the opening in case none of the top candidates is able to take the job.

One of the top candidates withdrew his application last month because he has already gotten a job, Mr. Heine said.

"It's just a belt and suspenders thing," Mr. Heine said. "Double coverage."

Mr. Heine said each council member chose five candidates from about 30 applicants and submitted the names to City Attorney Thomas F. Stansfield.

The five candidates with the highest number of votes were contacted for interviews. The council and Mr. Stansfield talked with three candidates Saturday and will interview the two remaining applicants this weekend, Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. said.

"We expect to have it down to one or two of them and then ask the best two to meet with us again," Mr. Reindollar said.

The city has been without a manager since the council fired Mr. Mangini, who had replaced Neal W. Powell in January 1992.

Mr. Mangini answered an advertisement in a municipal magazine, the second set of ads placed by the city for the job.

The city previously had advertised in newspapers, but decided to focus more on people already in the field.

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

Mr. Mangini became the city manager for Indian Head in Charles County shortly after being fired in August.

By then, Taneytown officials began to advertise 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.

This time, the council will publish in newspapers, Mr. Heine said, the opposite of the tactic it employed when Mr. Mangini was hired.

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