Taneytown mayor candidate profile: Paul Chamberlain

Taneytown mayor candidate profile: Paul Chamberlain
Former Taneytown City Councilman Paul Chamberlain is running for mayor. (Paul Chamberlain/Courtesy photo)

Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.

Former Taneytown City Councilman Paul Chamberlain is running for mayor against incumbent James L. McCarron and current Councilmen Bradley Wantz and Donald Frazier. Here are Chamberlain’s responses.

Biographical information

Married with 5 children, 3 dogs (2 of which are rescues). Current: Executive RV Sales Consultant, Beckley's Camping Center - Experience 18 years in the RV Business. Previous: United States Air Force & Business Owner (Insurance & Investment Industry)Past Political Experience: Taneytown City Council 2005 - 2009. Education: Some College ( Business Major). Moved to Taneytown in November of 2002 (approx. 17 years).

Why do you want to serve in this role?

As the Mayor, my experience, passion and leadership qualities will bring the needed skills & abilities to implement policies & actions that will drive the long awaited change that this town has been seeking. * Cultivating a healthy business climate* Addressing the growing traffic concerns* Transparency with City business operations* Professional outside audit of our police department to give proper direction for needed changeI believe that our City could use a change in leadership. Leadership, meaning a humble servant that puts the Will of the People before his/her own interests. I want to bring honor, respect & integrity to every discussion as this will foster an open and collaborative environment. Such an environment will help address needed changes and drive a results oriented atmosphere.

How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interests in the county government?

I will seek both County & State government agency's assistance for city projects. For example:* Traffic * Beautification and Restoration of historic city buildings* Cityscape initiative to bury electrical wires throughout downtown. We will achieve this by continuously meeting with County Commissioners, as well as other County and State officials to help us navigate the complexities with funding for these and other capital projects.

Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.

This has to start with meeting with each department head and each council member to identify and prioritize the most important concerns/issues. It is vitally important to implement sound strategic planning in a collaborative manner.

What skills do you have to offer constituents that other candidates might not?

I have prior military experience which provides leadership, teamwork and a disciplined approach towards identifying and solving problems. As a former business owner, I understand the complexities facing businesses. Managing City government is similar to other issues associated with a business, making my experience an attribute for Mayor. I have been able to successfully market and brand myself as the Recreational Vehicle (RV), "RV Extraordinaire" for Beckley's Camping Center, with people reaching out to me from all over the USA. With this experience, my plan is to market and brand Taneytown as a destination place for people in the same way. Whether it is for someone wanting to move, bring a business or shop here, Taneytown will be the place to be!

What one thing would you most like to see changed?

The City being more Pro-Active. This can be achieved by the Council working together to address the issues & concerns of the citizens in Taneytown.

What are your campaign priorities?

* Cultivating a healthy business climate* Addressing the growing traffic concerns* Beautification and Restoration of historic city buildings

What is your position on the currently vacant Taneytown police chief position?

There needs to be a professional outside agency that will conduct a proper and thorough review of the Taneytown Police Department. Once we have the findings, then we can proceed with the decision on whether to promote within or look at filling the position via an outside search.

This could be better addressed by surveying the Citizens of Taneytown. Based on the feedback from the taxpayers of Taneytown, we can make an educated decision.