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Council's short list

February 22, 2006|By DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

HAGERSTOWN

daniels@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown City Council could appoint a mayor as soon as next week's voting session, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Tuesday following a council executive session.

During the executive session, the council selected four or five applicants it hopes to schedule interviews with before next Tuesday's meeting in order to appoint someone to replace former Mayor Richard F. Trump, Metzner said.

Metzner declined to name which of the applicants made the cut. He said council members felt those who were not selected should be notified officially by the city before they learned about it through the media. He also declined to say how many applicants were selected for interviews beyond an approximation of "half" of the nine applicants who were eligible to serve as mayor.

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"We think it's only fair and appropriate to the individuals who applied to have the notification directly by the city," Metzner said. "We will be doing our interview process and hopefully we will have the process completed by next Tuesday, by the next council meeting."

Metzner said the council will hold interviews in a private executive session instead of in public, out of respect for the candidates.

Trump, 60, a Republican, resigned Feb. 1, citing irreconcilable differences with the council, an all-Democratic, five-member body. The council opened the search for his replacement according to the city's charter, and 14 people applied by the Feb. 15 deadline.

The city charter requires Trump be replaced with someone who has been both a Republican and a city resident for the past year. Candidates must be at least 25 years old and must be qualified to vote in city elections.

The nine candidates who meet the qualifications to serve as mayor included: former Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, former Councilwoman Carol N. Moller, liquor store manager Edward F. Hood II, customer support supervisor Patrick "Dean" Holik, program manager Jeffrey M. Coney, Letterkenny Army Depot line supervisor Walter W. Evans, prison and probation agent Paul H. Toothman, retired businessman Thomas Immer and retired real estate agent Ann Holtzman.

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