Annapolis council OKs Daily as city manager

Panel approves ordinance on school impact fees

July 13, 1999|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

The Annapolis city council approved last night Mayor Dean L. Johnson's nomination of his interim city administrator to fill the $76,800 job permanently.

Johnson picked Sanford W. Daily, who was Gaithersburg city manager from 1968 to 1995, for the position after the council vetoed the mayor's proposal last month to increase the city administrator's salary by $20,000.

Daily has been Annapolis' interim manager since February.

The Annapolis city code stipulates that the most a city administrator can be paid is $76,860. Johnson has worked without a full-time administrator since Walter N. Chitwood III resigned in September. The mayor blamed the lack of candidates on the low salary.

"When the council said `No' to the salary increase, I knew that most of the people that I'd been looking to at that point, who had the vision and experience, would not come here," the mayor said. "They were aggressive folks attempting to build a career in city management. They had salaries in excess of that now."

When Daily, 59, was Gaithersburg's administrative head, he managed a budget that grew from $500,000 at the beginning of his tenure to nearly $30 million at his retirement.

The Gaithersburg City Council named its City Hall the Sanford W. Daily Municipal Center in 1995.

"That should tell you something about the man," said David B. Humpton, Gaithersburg city manager, who was Daily's deputy for five years. "He saw basically all the major changes in our city government and the community. He was a great problem-solver, he worked well with the mayor and council, and he was very attuned to the citizens' needs."

"After four years of fishing and golfing and housework and yardwork, I'm glad to be getting back into it," said Daily. "You miss the day-to-day challenges."

Also at last night's meeting, the council adopted an ordinance -- introduced by Johnson -- to require applicants for building and grading permits to pay school impact fees directly to the city.

Anne Arundel County collects such fees from developers. Annapolis officials want to take control of the collection and influence how the impact fees are spent.

The council also vetoed a resolution from Alderman Herbert H. McMillan, a Ward 5 Republican, that called for full reimbursement for police and fire services the city provides state agencies.

For eight years, the state has given Annapolis $267,000 for services, even though the city has spent much more in providing them -- $647,000 last year and $599,000 in 1997.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has promised to increase the state's payment to the city by $25,000 to $50,000 a year for three years.

"Should we just accept the $25,000 next year and give up?" McMillan asked.

Several alderman said they wanted reimbursement but argued against the resolution.

"I don't think this is the appropriate vehicle to do that," said Ward 2 Democratic Alderman Sheila Tolliver. "I do think it's a confrontational stance with the governor, and I don't endorse our asking for it in this particular way."

Pub Date: 7/13/99

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