Taneytown has hired a new city manager - and a familiar face around Carroll County - after a six-month search.
James L. Schumacher, the town consultant and special projects manager for Union Bridge, population 1,100, will begin work Oct. 1, said Taneytown Mayor W. Robert Flickinger.
Schumacher, 52, who lives outside the town, served for 10 years as Sykesville's first town manager before leaving in 1995 to become a consultant. He also is a former Carroll County planner and Board of Zoning Appeals member.
Schumacher's expertise in water and development issues will be put to use in Taneytown, with a population of about 6,000. Taneytown has several developments under way and is negotiating new water allocations with the Maryland Department of the Environment, as are several other Carroll County towns.
One of Taneytown's best wells has been operating at half capacity because of industrial contamination, but a new well drilled at the Carroll Vista development is producing about 100 gallons a minute. It is expected to open before the end of the month, the mayor said.
Flickinger said Taneytown has agreed to let Schumacher finish the projects he has been working on in New Windsor and Union Bridge.
Maj. Thomas H. Long of the county sheriff's department became chairman of the Union Bridge Planning and Zoning Commission four years ago when Schumacher stepped down.
"They're getting a terrific fellow," Long said. "As chairman of the planning commission, I can say there wasn't much that came before us that Jim didn't have an expertise and working knowledge of. The commission heavily relied on his advice. He's a good Christian gentleman. He's going to be sorely missed in Union Bridge."
Union Bridge Mayor Bret D. Grossnickle agreed. "I'm sorry to see him leave. I wish him the best."
One candidate for the manager's position fell through in June, and the job was re-advertised, drawing about 15 applicants by the Aug. 17 deadline, Flickinger said.
While Taneytown sought a replacement for Gary W. Hardman, who resigned to take a post in Baltimore County, the mayor has served as acting city manager.