Logan is sworn in as town manager

Larry Logan, who has lived in Hancock for eight years, replaces Lou Close, who served in the post since June 1994.

Larry Logan, who has lived in Hancock for eight years, replaces Lou Close, who served in the post since June 1994.

September 04, 2002|by TARA REILLY

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council swore in a Washington, D.C., native Tuesday night to replace Lou Close as town manager.

Larry Logan, 54, took over the post on a part-time basis. Logan said he will work 25 hours a week for his six-month probationary period and might take on more hours after that.

"We welcome Larry as part of our Hancock group," Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said before he swore in Logan.

Murphy said the town had about 30 applicants for the job.

Logan said he became interested in the position because he's lived in the town for eight years and it fit his schedule.


"The town has gotten better and better each year, and I'll work hard to continue that trend," Logan said.

He said in a written statement that he and his wife, Donna, chose to move to Hancock because they liked the location and people.

Logan has been a business consultant for ISO Quality and Environmental Management Systems since he moved to Hancock in 1994.

He also has worked for five years as an insurance company loss prevention representative and 20 years for Eastalco Aluminum Company in Frederick, Md., as a safety manager and as a production/maintenance superintendent.

He has a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Education from the University of Maryland and a master's in management from Frostburg College, now Frostburg University.

He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Silver Spring, Md.

He and his wife live on West Main Street in Hancock. His children, Jennifer Barrick and Joshua Logan, live in Frederick County.

Logan said his interests include spending time with his granddaugher, Logan Barrick, reading, hiking, biking and fishing.

He is a member of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce and the C&O Canal Association.

Murphy said Close has been hired as a consultant for a few weeks to show Logan the ropes.

Close, 66, resigned on June 19 after arguing with members of the Town Council and town residents, saying he was too old to put up with the hassle.

He had been town manager since June 1994. His last day was Aug. 30.

Murphy said he's looking forward to working with Logan but that he'll miss Close.

The mayor said Close had a list of accomplishments as town manager, including bringing about $12 million in grants to the town.

He said Close left a legacy in the town and his accomplishments were too numerous to mention.

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