Economic official resigns

May 10, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

William E. Jenne, Carroll County's administrator for the Office of Economic Development, announced yesterday that he will resign May 20.

He will join Taneytown Bank and Trust Co. as the sole commercial banking officer in its Westminster branch at the end of the month.

"An opportunity materialized at Taneytown Bank and Trust and I have always been partial to the financing side of economic development," said Mr. Jenne, who is in the master's of business administration program at the University of Baltimore. "I've reached a point in my career where it's time to move on and broaden my horizons."

In January, Mr. Jenne, who is 30, passed the Certified Economic Developer examination, an honor in his field similar to becoming a certified public accountant.

He graduated from Western Maryland College in 1985 with a major in political science and a minor in business.

County commissioners greeted the announcement of his resignation with mixed emotions.

"We hate to see Bill leave us," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell. "He's a bright and intelligent man and we encourage him to enhance himself whenever and wherever he can."

Commissioners, concerned about maintaining continuity in the office, will discuss filling Mr. Jenne's position this week, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said.

"Even though he reports to Max [Robert A. Bair, administrative assistant to the commissioners], Max doesn't know the day-to-day as well as Bill does," Mr. Lippy said.

"We're going to deliberate about how we want things to develop and a number of [ideas] might surprise you."

Mr. Lippy said that, while he doesn't agree that "the salvation of the whole of economic development in Carroll County is dependent upon having a bona fide director in place," he does intend to propose the new office head be given the title of director and an appropriate salary.

"Bill Jenne has done an excellent job and I don't see a director as being more efficient, more able or accomplishing more in concrete terms than Bill has," he said.

In his new job, Mr. Jenne said he will be responsible for tending to existing commercial accounts and generating new ones for the bank.

Eight years of experience with the county have prepared him to take on any challenges in his new position, said Mr. Jenne, who was hired as a business and industrial representative in August 1986. He became administrator in July 1992.

"I've worked with hundreds of businesses in my tenure here, from start-up operations to Fortune 500 companies," he said. "With as wide a spectrum as I've been exposed to, this is a natural step for me to take."

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