Manchester gets two for one

Brothers with government experience split town manager duties and salary

October 23, 2005|By SHERIDAN LYONS | SHERIDAN LYONS,SUN REPORTER

Manchester had been considering whether to re-create the position of town manager, but it decided instead to get two for the price of one.

Daniel C. Riley and John A. Riley, two brothers with extensive experience in town government, will fill two part-time positions, said Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario.

"We get more bang for the buck ... [with] so much experience," D'Amario said.

Daniel Riley will be project administrator, and John Riley will be town planner, D'Amario said.

The town had about $40,000 in its budget for a town manager position, said Kelly J. Baldwin, the town's finance director. The idea was to divide the salary and split the 40-hour week into two 20-hour jobs. In their first week, she said, the Riley brothers "are working more hours than they're being paid for."

Former Councilman Daniel Riley, 74, is a lifelong resident who chose not to seek re-election in May after serving two four-year terms from 1997 to 2005. He also served 1 1/2 terms during the 1970s and worked for the town years ago. He retired in 1990 as an assistant vice president at First National Bank of Maryland.

On the council, he headed the town's Main Street project from the time it was first discussed in 2000 until its dedication this year, but he said its completion was not the reason he decided against another term.

"I just felt I did my share," he said at the time. "It just happened that it came all at the same time."

John Riley, 76, also has lived in Manchester his entire life, except for four years when he was in the Navy. He has been a town manager in Manchester and neighboring Hampstead.

He retired in March 1995 after more than a decade as Hampstead town manager. He started as town manager in September 1984, and the town's population tripled during his tenure.

He previously managed hazardous-waste disposal for the Black & Decker Corp. plant in Hampstead. For seven years before that, managed the town of Manchester.

When the resumption of a Manchester town manager post first came up for discussion, D'Amario talked to the council about bringing Daniel Riley back, but he said the feeling was that it would not be a full-time job and was "too many hours for what he wanted."

The mayor and council had been discussing for about a month whether to go that route or to try to find an administrator.

Town officials want to pursue grant money, among other duties, Baldwin said.

In 2001, the Town Council voted to abolish the town manager position after the departure of Philip L. Arbaugh, who had held the job for 2 1/2 years.

sherry.lyons@baltsun.com

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