Frederick man new town manager

October 14, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Boonsboro Town Council has hired a former government official of Brunswick, Md., and Taneytown, Md., to serve as the town's next manager, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

John L. Kendall, 63, of Frederick, Md., will start as town manager on Oct. 23 with a $42,000 annual salary. He has no plans to move to the area.

On Tuesday, the council selected Kendall to replace retiring Town Manager Jake Jones.

Kauffman waited until Thursday to reveal the identity of the next town manager because he wanted to talk to the other four final candidates for the position first.


Since 1999, Kendall has been an independent contractor working for Clagett Management, which manages nine homeowners associations. From 1995 to 1998, he was general manager of Lake Linganore Association, Inc.

From 1994 to May 1995, he was city manager of Taneytown, which had a population of 4,200, according to his rsum. From 1990 to 1994, he was the city administrator for Brunswick, which had a population of 5,000, the rsum said.

Boonsboro has a population of 2,800, according to the 2000 census.

Kendall served for 25 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel in 1987.

Kendall said he applied for the job because he wants to return to working in municipal government, which he enjoys more than working for private companies.

With municipal jobs he has a chance to meet more people and work with different levels of government, which he finds interesting and challenging, he said.

Kendall described Boonsboro as "a great little town. And obviously it has a lot of challenges," he said.

Among the challenges will be addressing possible growth as more developers seek to build in Washington County instead of in Frederick County, he said.

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