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Westminster city administrator to leave position in May

Westminster will be working to fill its city administrator position as Barbara Matthews is resigning effective May 3 after four years in the role.

Matthews said it was a privilege to work alongside her coworkers during her tenure in a news release sent out by the city and that she told city employees she was leaving her role because her husband is retiring and they are going to pursue a difference life course.

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Barbara Matthews, city administrator for Westminster, is resigning effective May 3.
Barbara Matthews, city administrator for Westminster, is resigning effective May 3. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO/Carroll County Times)

“Our organization has many immensely talented, hardworking and dedicated staff members committed to improving the quality of life of Westminster residents,” she said in the release. “It has been my privilege to have worked alongside them during my tenure with the city.”

Matthews told the mayor about her decision last week and he said she made an impact.

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“She moved the city forward in so many ways,” Mayor Joe Dominick said in the release. “There are many projects and initiatives that city residents will enjoy for generations because of her hard work and dedication.”

Council President Greg Pecoraro said Matthews recognized the excellence and dedication of Westminster employees.

“I deeply appreciate her work in this area, and I know that city staff have appreciated her attention as well,” he said in a release.

Dominick said in an interview that it’s up to him and the common council to pick Matthews’ successor and it’s going to take a discussion to put together what traits the next person should have.

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“That position is about a certain type of experience and leadership,” he said in an interview. “It’s really hard to find the right type of experience for an administrator.”

The administrator oversees all the city directors and the position has existed for only about 12 years, the mayor said.

Matthews said she will work with the mayor, common council and city staff to make the transition for the new administrator as easy as possible.

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