Whitfield is out as Elkton town manager

The Valley Banner

ELKTON — Kevin Whitfield is no longer Elkton’s town manager.

Whitfield said he resigned from the position, but Town Attorney Nathan Miller said council fired Whitfield on Friday, effective at 5 p.m. that day.

Miller declined to say whether Whitfield submitted his resignation before he was fired. Council made the decision Friday afternoon following an emergency meeting.

Whitfield said he submitted his resignation on Jan. 25 – two weeks before he was fired – and gave a departure date of March 31.

Whitfield, 46, began as town manager on Dec. 19, 2013. His employment with the town started as a police officer in July 2008. He was promoted to chief of police in November 2009 and served in that post until he was hired as town manager.

Whitfield said he resigned to grow Old Dominion Outfitter and Guide Service, a business he started in 2014.

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to serve the citizens of Elkton, and believe the town is in a better position today than it was in December 2013,” he said via text message.

Whitfield believes he and town staff accomplished a “great deal” during his time as town manager.

“I offer nothing but the best to the town and its citizens as it moves forward,” he said.

Mayor Wayne Printz and other council members frequently lauded Whitfield for his work during council meetings over the past two years.

Whitfield was hired as town manager with an annual salary of $63,000. He finished with an annual salary of $66,851, according to information provided by town staff.

Whitfield was Elkton’s seventh town manager since 2001.

Printz said that he and council would be doing some of the town manager’s duties until a permanent manager is hired.

Each council member serves as a committee chair and will oversee the various departments until a permanent town manager is hired.

Printz said the town will be advertising for the position in the near future.

Printz said he has a “great council” and has confidence in them and the town staff.

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