Mayor Kauffman a 'people person'

October 01, 2007|By Marlo Barnhart

BOONSBORO - Sitting in his office at Brook Lane, Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. doesn't immediately look like the mayor of Boonsboro to the casual observer.

But then again, Kauffman doesn't give off that impression when he is doing his duties in his adopted town, either .

He likes it that way.

"I was on town council from 1984-88 and I've been mayor since 1988," Kauffman said. "I had opposition that first time but none since."

Born in Antietam Furnace near Sharpsburg, Kauffman attended Sharpsburg Elementary School and then junior and senior high in Boonsboro.

He was active in all sports but especially football. Between sports and his studies, Kauffman also managed to court his future wife, Cindy.


"Cindy was two years behind me in school and I knew of her," Kauffman said. Then at the Sharpsburg Carnival in 1971, they met again.

"She had changed. We started dating and married in 1974," Kauffman said.

A 1972 graduate of Shepherd College, now Shepherd University, Kauffman was armed with a business administration degree when he applied for and got a job at Brook Lane.

Kauffman is comptroller of that large medical/educational facility based near Leitersburg. He was quick to point out that his employers have been very cooperative through the years while he balances the job and the duties of mayor of Boonsboro.

Though he and Cindy have no children, they hardly ever have a free night to spend together - what with him being mayor, his job and her duties as a teacher at Smithsburg Elementary School.

As often as he can, Kauffman goes to his wife's school and helps out. That sometimes involves reading to the children which he enjoys.

"I'm a people person," Kauffman said. "I can count on one hand when I've had confrontations with people in Boonsboro - it's a great relationship because they have a lot of class."

Through the years, Kauffman said he has tried to be open-minded and willing to listen. "I try to make decisions for the good of the people."

He attributed his longevity and success to great people on the town council, a terrific town staff and employees and strong family support.

For about 15 years, Kauffman has been president of the Washington County chapter of the Maryland Municipal League. He and his wife are also active at their church, Mount Nebo United Methodist Church.

In the early 1990s, Kauffman said he learned the job of chief financial officer at Brook Lane was available and and was told he should go for it. His first question was whether he would have enough time to continue this mayoral duties.

"I said 'no thank you' so I could keep my position in Boonsboro," Kauffman said. "Brook Lane is my job but being mayor is my calling."

By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. has been Boonsboro's mayor since 1988. He's also the comptroller at Brook Lane.

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