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Williamsport names Stotelmyer new clerk/treasurer

February 13, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

WILLIAMSPORT -- Retired correctional officer captain Donnie Stotelmyer of Halfway was confirmed Monday by the Williamsport Town Council as the town's new clerk/treasurer.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said he selected Stotelmyer from about 70 applicants for the position, which has been vacant since James R. Castle resigned at the end of November to take a job in Brunswick, Md.

"Don brings a lot of talent to this position," McCleaf said Monday. "As always, we're going to keep him busy."

Council member Jeff Cline, who called for greater council input into the hiring process, abstained from the vote on Stotelmyer's confirmation. However, he said Stotelmyer has his full respect and support.

Stotelmyer, 51, who grew up in Hagerstown, retired Feb. 1 after a 27-year career with the Maryland Correctional Institution. He has chaired the property and finance committee at the Church of the Brethren in Hagerstown, where he was a member of the executive committee. He also has sat in on state budget meetings in Annapolis with MCI officials, he said.

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Stotelmyer said he was looking forward to his duties for the town.

"There's so much to learn," he said. "I'm eager to jump into it and try to do what I can to help out the town."

Assistant Mayor Monty R. Jones said Stotelmyer's appointment was a great relief to the town.

"Mainly, it's going to take a load off the mayor's shoulders," Jones said. "He really picks up the bulk of the load when there's someone down at the office."

Meanwhile, council members continued an ongoing discussion as to whether to require the clerk/treasurer to be bonded as insurance against theft or misuse of funds.

Town attorney Edward L. Kuczynski said previously that the town's charter requires the clerk/treasurer to be bonded only if the mayor and council request a bond and set an amount for it.

Council members resolved Monday to investigate whether the clerk/treasurer already is covered under the town's insurance policies before deciding whether to require a bond.

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