Sykesville Town Manager Aretha Adams submitted her resignation to the mayor and Town Council last week after serving for one year.
“I am so very proud of all of the things we have been able to accomplish together,” Adams says in a resignation letter.
Despite recent successes for the town, such as finalizing the sale of Warfield, Adams’ family is moving back to Texas, she said.
“Recently my family made the decision to return to Texas due to my husband’s position at work. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the hardest decision I have ever had to make,” states the letter.
The Sykesville town manager’s responsibilities are to “oversee the day to day operations of the Town government through the supervision and guidance of its departments, implementing policies, enforcing ordinances, presenting a balanced Town budget, working with the Town’s stakeholders, and fulfilling the vision, mission and goals established by the Mayor and Town Council,” according to the Town of Sykesville website.
“We achieved much in the brief time she was here and we all will miss her and hate to see her leave,” he said in a news release. “That said, we all understand and admire her for putting her family’s best interest first. I and the entire Council wish her much success in all of her future endeavors.”
According to the resignation letter, Adams helped update internal policies, create a more comprehensive budget process, increase community engagement and develop a cohesive team unit among town staff.
And the guidance she brought town staff over the past year puts Sykesville in an even better position to keep moving forward, the mayor said. Shaw said he, along with Adams and the Town Council, are working together on a transition plan.
“I'm hoping it’s a springboard for the future,” Shaw told the Times. “I feel like, the staff, they’re in a much better position now to make it through this transition and do their jobs. We’re going to try to stay on the track.”
He said the town’s growth and successes can be attributed to the teamwork all around.
“It’s everybody pitching in,” Shaw said. “One person isn't going to make us or break us. That includes me. And that’s what you hope for: that the town can keep thriving without just one individual thing.
But, of course, he hopes the process of getting a new manager is speedy, he said.
Jared Schumacher, a Circuit Rider focusing on grant management who has been with the town since 2017, is expected to fill an interim manager role and make “sure that the positive momentum continues” in a way similar to past transitions, according to the release.
“He is a talented staff member whom quickly adapts to needs and goals to achieve results,” Shaw said in the release. “I have full confidence that Jared and the staff will step up to assist us during this transition.”