Council decided early on Brubaker

December 07, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

HAGERSTOWN - The afternoon after the Hagerstown City Council unexpectedly appointed its newest member, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II explained further interviews were deemed unnecessary because the majority of the council was confident in choosing Martin E. Brubaker for the vacant seat.

The council previously had plans to interview some or all of the six finalists in executive session next week.

However, the council went behind closed doors following Tuesday's public question-and-answer session, scrapped plans for the second set of interviews, selected Brubaker and scheduled the official vote and swearing in for Dec. 12.

"There were other worthy candidates, but if they'd made up their minds, why wait?" Brubaker asked rhetorically Tuesday.

The council members went back and forth briefly during the work session on whether there would be further questioning of the candidates. There was originally a field of 16 seeking the seat vacated by Kristin B. Aleshire, who is now a Washington County Commissioner.


Bruchey said Tuesday night that council members Kelly S. Cromer, Lewis C. Metzner and Alesia D. Parson-McBean were proponents of selecting Brubaker, while Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh favored another candidate. Brubaker's experiences on other boards and commissions, and his knowledge of planning made him the right choice, Bruchey said.

The mayor said he is excited to continue work with the Washington County Commissioners, which had three new members sworn in Tuesday morning.

"We have a new day and a new people, and hopefully we can have open dialogue," Bruchey said.

While the city and county governments don't always agree, they have continued to talk, he said.

"The myth that the city and county don't get along couldn't be farther from the truth with these two governing bodies," Bruchey said.

The two governments will be looking at revenue sharing and bolstering Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District, according to Bruchey.

"This is a great time for Washington County in general," Bruchey said. "It's a great time for the city because we're in the county."

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