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Town Manager is stepping down

October 08, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council in closed session Monday selected a replacement for Town Manager Jake Jones, who is retiring, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

Jones, whose retirement is effective in March, has been the town manager since 1996.

Kauffman said he did not want to reveal the name of the person being offered a contract for the town manager job until after he talked to the five final candidates for the position. He would not say whether the person is a Washington County resident.

The job will pay $42,000 a year, Kauffman said.

Jones gave plenty of notice of his retirement so that he could work with his replacement, Kauffman said.

Jones' replacement probably will start later this month, Kauffman said.

Jones said he has been working since he was 12 and having reached the age of 65, he is ready to stop working and enjoy retirement.

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"I am ready to hang it up," Jones said.

He plans to travel and make repairs and improvements at his house, he said.

He may not stay completely out of public service, though, he said. If he remains healthy he may run for a seat on the Boonsboro Town Council. He previously served on the council for 14 years.

Jones said one of his top accomplishments as town manager has been helping guide the town through the purchase of the King Farm.

The town plans to use the land to expand Shafer Park.

The town is leasing the King Farm House at 241 Potomac St. to the Western Maryland Heritage Foundation for use as the South Mountain interpretive center. Foundation officials hope to open the center in May.

Jones said another accomplishment has been working with the state on the Main Street renovation project, which state officials say will be finished in mid-November.

Jones has been great to work with, Kauffman said.

Kauffman praised Jones, and said, "He is very dedicated to his job."

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