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Aleshire hired as Myersville town manager

job won't conflict with Washington County commissioner post

May 07, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire has taken a job as town manager of Myersville in Frederick County.

As town manager, he will direct the day-to-day business of the town, which is between Hagerstown and Frederick.

The job will not conflict with Aleshire's duties as a Washington County Commissioner because the town manager job is not an elected position and he would not have to come before the Washington County Commissioners as part of that job, County Attorney John M. Martirano said.

Aleshire quit his job at Arro Consulting, a private engineering firm in Hagerstown where he has worked for the last year and a half, to take the town manager position, which started May 1.

He said Tuesday that as Myersville's town manager he will have more opportunity to be "directly involved in public service" than he did at Arro.

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Before working at Arro, Aleshire worked as a planner for Myersville and nearby Middletown, Md.

Aleshire said he will earn a $50,000 salary as Myersville's town manager.

As town manager, Aleshire said he will attend about five meetings a month.

Combined with his duties as a Washington County Commissioner and self-imposed goals of attending numerous town meetings and fire and rescue company meetings in Washington County, it might seem as if Aleshire has bitten off more than he can chew.

But he said Tuesday that his schedule will be less hectic than it was when he was working both as a Hagerstown City Councilman and planner in Myersville and Middletown.

"I averaged 20 to 25 meetings per month. At times, I was attending four meetings per day driving back and forth from Hagerstown to Myersville and Middletown," Aleshire said.

In fact, Aleshire said it is his familiarity with the issues that arise in public meetings that best prepares him for the job.

"(Myersville) is a small town, not unlike many municipalities here. Regardless of where you go, the issues are always very similar. It's about time, money and resources and how best to combine the three to provide citizens the most efficient service you can," Aleshire said.

For example, he said he recently went to a meeting in Myersville about trash and recycling issues as the town's manager. One month ago, he went to a similar meeting in Boonsboro as a Washington County Commissioner. He also serves on the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Board.

"It is beneficial to me to be able to understand these similar issues that exist among various communities. When I get to the table, I'm already well-versed in these issues," Aleshire said.

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