Mount Airy gets town manager

Former planner chosen as municipality's first administrator

October 08, 2006|By Laura McCandlish | Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter

Just as Westminster's new city manager took office last week, Mount Airy voted to hire its former planner as the town's first administrator.

These day-to-day administrators come on board as Carroll County's two most populated municipalities struggle to balance residential development with limited water resources.

Margaret "Marge" Wolf, the deputy housing secretary under former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, started as Westminster's new manager on Monday. She managed the borough of Kennett Square, Pa., and also previously served as Hyattsville's city administrator.

Monika Jenkins, a Mount Airy planner for nine years until last year, was approved as the town's new administrator Monday night. Jenkins is scheduled to start late this month. The full-time position had never existed in Mount Airy.

Westminster has had a city manager twice before. Most recently, the position was created in 1991 but fell victim to political bickering between the mayor and council.

Now, only one of Carroll's eight municipalities -- Union Bridge -- will lack a town administrator.

Lanny Mummert started as New Windsor's first town manager in July. In August, the Manchester Town Council voted to make Steven Miller, the town's director of public works, town manager.

All seven town administrators will meet jointly once a month, next on Oct. 25, said Mummert, formerly the manager of Brentwood in Prince George's County.

laura.mccandlish@baltsun.com

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