Former Carroll County Attorney Laurell Taylor has been hired as Westminster's new city clerk and zoning administrator.
Taylor, who resigned from the county post in August, replaces John Dudderar, who retired last month after working 37 years for the city.
"She's a perfect fit," Council President Damian L. Halstad said of Taylor, who was appointed to the post at last night's Common Council meeting. "She's very smart, approachable and friendly. Her experience at the county with zoning issues of all types will really help her with this job."
Taylor joined the county attorney's office in 1987 and took over leadership in 1997 after the previous board of commissioners fired her predecessor, George Lahey. She said she left because she wished to pursue another area of law.
Last night, she told the council she welcomed the opportunity to stay in local government and had a "high regard" for the city.
"I doubt that I could ever fill John Dudderar's shoes as clerk and zoning administrator, but I will do my utmost to maintain the standard he has set," she said in a statement.
As Westminster city clerk, Taylor will be responsible for providing administrative support to the mayor and council, organizing city elections, implementing sections of the city code and ensuring the preparation, operation and recording of council meetings. As zoning administrator, her job will include processing building permit applications and entertaining inquiries from developers.
The job pays about $54,000 a year.
Although she doesn't officially start her new job until today, by the end of last night's two-hour meeting Taylor had filled the margins of her meeting agenda with notes.
Also last night, the Common Council enacted two ordinances designed to curb sprawl by requiring developers who want city water and sewer service on land adjacent to Westminster's city limits to first have their land annexed into the city.
In addition, the council agreed to improve visibility to the Main Street pedestrian crosswalk across from the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library by removing four trees along the sidewalk and replacing them with two smaller trees.