S.C. man selected Taneytown manager

September 13, 1995|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

After two years of running a small but growing town in rural South Carolina, Charles Boyles will do the same thing in Taneytown, where he begins work Monday as the town's city manager.

Mayor W. Robert Flickinger offered the position to Mr. Boyles yesterday, after a six-month search for a city manager.

Mr. Boyles, 33, and known as Chip, will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations in the city of 4,500.

He comes to the northwest Carroll town from Hardeesville, S.C., a town of 2,000, located between Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. Mr. Boyles held the position of city manager there for two years.

For the previous three years, he was community and economic development director for the Low Country Region of South Carolina, an area that includes Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper and Hampton counties.

Mr. Flickinger said Taneytown received 26 applications for the city manager position. After narrowing the field to three, town officials conducted job interviews during the summer.

The city manager's annual salary is $39,208.

Taneytown officials said they were impressed with Mr. Bowles' experience in economic development and town management.

"We know he's got a learning curve in terms of getting up to speed on Maryland and Maryland law," said Taneytown Town Councilman Thomas J. Denike.

"But I have no doubt that he will jump into the job with both feet. He's a very engaging fellow and goes about things wholeheartedly," Mr. Denike said.

Mr. Boyles said he decided to move to Maryland because he had friends and family in the area. He also saw it as an opportunity to "get away from the hot, one-season, deep South, but still stay in a rural area."

Like many small, growing towns, Mr. Boyles said Taneytown is now faced with encouraging sensible development while maintaining a high quality of life.

"The challenge is to keep a handle on growth to get the type of growth the city wants, not just for the taxes," he said.

Based on his limited observations, Mr. Boyles said he's optimistic about Taneytown's potential to become a small-scale tourist attraction.

Mr. Boyles has a home in Parkville and plans to begin house hunting in Taneytown next week.

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