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.
Darryl Hale is running against Daniel Haines and Barry Guckes for two open seats on the Taneytown City Council. Here are Hale’s responses.
Profession: Heating and Air Conditioning with 30 years of experience.
Current Employment: R. M. Schmidt, Inc., General Manager with 24 years of service.
Education: Carroll Community College, Graduate of the University of Maryland Fellowship Program in Governance. State of Maryland Licensed Journeyman HVACR.
Community groups involved in: Currently serving on the Taneytown Planning and Zoning Commission, Monocacy Lodge 203 A.F. & A.M, American Legion Post 120.
Past political experience: Taneytown City Councilman 1999-2007, Taneytown Mayor Pro Tem 2005-2007, President of the Carroll County Council of Governments 2006.
Years lived in Taneytown: 44 years.
Why do you want to serve in this role?
I have the experience, a record of proven results and a strong desire to work with others to help make Taneytown a better place to call home.
How do you plan to represent your municipality’s interest in county government?
By becoming familiar and communicating with the County Commissioners and their staff on what our needs are in Taneytown.
Name something you would begin working to accomplish as soon as your first week on the job.
Immediately engage the community’s involvement in expressing their concerns productively by reestablishing the Community Action Groups. The object of these groups is to improve quality of life in our community and to form a direct line of communication between citizens and all departments in the local government. The Community Action Groups resulted in Taneytown being awarded two Certificates of Merit from the governor of Maryland for Crime Prevention.
What skills do you offer constituents that other candidates might not?
My forty plus years of being a proud resident of Taneytown gives me insight into the town’s history, infrastructure and concerns of my fellow residents. My experience as a former councilmember will allow me to be an asset to our city government on day one.
What one thing would you most like to see changed?
The return of civility and decorum as our city conducts the business of Taneytown. If elected, I look forward to working with the Mayor, City Council and staff in this manner.
What are your campaign priorities?
Help establish better communication and transparency between the citizens and our local government agencies. Explore all possibilities of acquiring Federal, State and County grants to achieve the goal of a community center. At this time the Taneytown by-pass is not on the Maryland State Highways 19-24 year plan. We need to ensure that this is a top priority before new growth occurs in our city.
What is your position on the currently vacant Taneytown police chief position?
Pending a clean bill of health from an outside law enforcement agency, we need to move forward with filling the vacancy from within as soon as possible.
What is your position on the Civil War memorial proposed for Taneytown?
In an era where monuments are being deconstructed, the prospect of a Civil War monument has me feeling conflicted. The content of the monument has not been finalized and until this is realized I find it difficult to make an informed decision about what is best for Taneytown.