Rental program manager hired

February 27, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

The City of Hagerstown has hired an employee to manage the controversial landlord rental registration program, moving the city closer to starting up the program, Hagerstown Chief Inspector John Lestitian said.

Lestitian said the program - which would charge landlords an annual fee of $45 per unit - probably will start in May or June.

The City Council on Oct. 22 unanimously approved the ordinance, which council said is intended to improve the quality of rental housing.


The city hired Amanda Miller, 28, of Hagerstown, to serve as program manager, Lestitian said. She started last week at an annual salary of $30,400.

Miller's duties will include coordinating the scheduling of rental property inspections and doing related paperwork, Lestitian said.

The city eventually plans to hire three new inspectors, Lestitian said.

Miller was hired now because she will help develop educational material explaining the new program, he said.

Lestitian said he and Miller hope to meet with landlord and community groups in the next few weeks to explain how the program will work.

Miller, who until recently worked in Annapolis for the state government, said she was pleased to take a job that will let her return to Hagerstown, where she grew up.

The Landlords and Property Owners Association of Washington County tried to take to referendum the ordinance creating the program, but the Washington County Board of Elections said a petition calling for the referendum fell 39 signatures short of the number needed.

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