Elkton continues search for a new town manager

The Valley Banner

ELKTON — The search for Elkton’s next town manager continues, and it looks like the position has a few takers.

Vice Mayor Jay Dean said Friday that 14 people have expressed interest in the job, which oversees Elkton’s operation and assists with its budget.

“We got more than we thought we would,” Dean said.

Town Council will review the applications and interview candidates after the new year.

The successful candidate will replace Kevin Whitfield, whom council terminated after he submitted a letter of resignation in February. Whitfield left to run a business in McGaheysville.

Mayor Wayne Printz has been acting without pay as town manager since then.

Whitfield was appointed town manager in 2013 after serving as police chief for four years. He started the position with an annual salary of $63,000 and finished with a $66,851 salary.

Whitfield was Elkton’s seventh town manager since 2001, and he replaced Kevin Fauber, who resigned in September 2013 at Town Council’s request after about two years on the job.

Dean said council hasn’t decided how many applicants it will interview.

“It really depends on the qualifications,” Dean said. “We’d like for them to have a background in being a town manager.”

In addition to two years of experience in government, the town is looking for someone who can work well with people and has a bachelor’s in public administration or a business-related field.

For Printz, finding someone who “fits the town” is the No. 1 priority, regardless of how long it takes.

“There’s no time restraints. There’s no time to hurry. We’re doing fine,” Printz said.

“We’re going to take our time and do it right,” he added.

Although several candidates have expressed interest in the position, Dean said applications are still being accepted.

“So, we could get more,” he added.

Applications for the position are available on the town’s website, or th,e Elkton Area Community Center, which is located on Blue and Gold Drive.

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