City manager of Taneytown to quit

March 05, 1995|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

After less than a year on the job, Taneytown City Manager John L. Kendall is resigning next week to take a post in Frederick, he confirmed Friday.

"I hate to leave Taneytown, but an opportunity presented itself for me to work in the community where my wife and I live," Mr. Kendall said. "Taneytown is an absolutely super place, and I think we accomplished a lot in a relatively short period of time."

In his resignation, which he submitted last week, Mr. Kendall told city officials he would be leaving Friday to become executive assistant to Frederick Mayor Jim Grimes.

Mr. Grimes has not made an official announcement of Mr. Kendall's hiring and did not return telephone calls seeking comment Friday.

Mr. Kendall said he had been offered the job but that the mayor had not decided when he would make the offer official.

Mr. Kendall, 55, came to Taneytown in April as a replacement for Joseph A. Mangini, who was fired as city manager after less than a year in the job.

In his new job, Mr. Kendall will earn $45,800 to $64,600 annually, said Jonathan Angel, Frederick's personnel director. Mr. Kendall paid slightly more than $37,000 as Taneytown's manager.

The resignation took Taneytown officials by surprise. Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr., the first person to enter the May mayoral race, said he will miss Mr. Kendall's expertise.

"This was obviously a shock to me, to be honest with you," Mr. Heine said. The councilman said Mr. Kendall's relationship with the council and the mayor was a good one, and that he had no inkling that the manager was looking for another job.

"I thought he was doing an excellent job," Mr. Heine said.

Mr. Kendall said he didn't dislike his current job but that the posin Frederick would offer challenges unavailable in Taneytown, a Carroll town of 4,500.

Frederick, with 375 full-time employees and an annual budget o$32 million, "is far more complex" than Taneytown, he said.

In his new job, Mr. Kendall will oversee property management, coordinate the mayor's public relations efforts and do much of the city's purchasing management.

Mr. Kendall's departure marks the third time in three years that the city has had to search for a manager. Mr. Mangini, fired in 1993 for undisclosed reasons, was hired in 1992 to replace longtime manager Neal W. Powell, who retired. Mr. Kendall was hired in April 1994 to replace Mr. Mangini.

Four-term Mayor Henry I. Reindollar -- who announced Friday that he would not seek a fifth term -- said Mr. Kendall's day-to-day duties probably would be assumed by Linda Morris, the city's clerk-treasurer, until a replacement could be found.

Before coming to Taneytown, Mr. Kendall was city administrator in Brunswick, in Frederick County.

Mr. Kendall retired from a military career in 1987.

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