Town manager resigns from part-time post

councilman submits application for position

Growth-related issues make job a busy one


March 11, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Manchester has lost its town manager, but it has a councilman willing to take on the job.

Philip L. Arbaugh, a retired educator, resigned from the part-time position last week after more than two years in the job, which pays $35,000 annually. At 53, Arbaugh said he is no longer interested in working a 40-hour week.

"I went there as a part-time employee, but this job really requires a full-time commitment," Arbaugh said. "I am retired, and I want to look at other opportunities. I hope they can find someone who can give it the hours needed and do a good job."

Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario said he plans to discuss the resignation with the Town Council Tuesday. He called Arbaugh "a really hard worker.

"We made a good team," D'Amario said. "I will miss him."

D'Amario already has one resume for the council to consider. Councilman Brooks Rugemer, who has announced he will not run for a second four-year term, has submitted his application for the town manager's job.

"It is time for someone else to be on the council, but I would like the chance to continue working for the community," said Rugemer, who has lived in the town for nine years and worked most recently as a safety manager in the trucking industry.

Growth issues consume much of the manager's time, said officials in this town of 3,200 residents.

"Manchester is really getting busy with a lot of zoning and administrative issues," D'Amario said. "We hire a manager for 30 hours, but those hours are constantly increasing."

Town officials face the tasks of tackling the municipal budget, searching for more water sources, directing development and continuing to lobby the state for bypass money without the help of a manager.

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