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HAMPSTEAD — The Town of Hampstead appointed a new town manager at its Tuesday night meeting following a unanimous vote from the Town Council.

Tammi Ledley, a 12-year Hampstead resident, was sworn into office by Mayor Chris Nevin at the council meeting. Ledley has a background in economic development with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and she said she looks forward to assisting the Hampstead Main Street Revitalization project that is slated to begin next spring.

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"I'm very excited about the opportunity, especially since I live in Hampstead," she said. "The town of Hampstead is growing more economically, which is my field of expertise, and it is every exciting to get involved in my hometown."

Nevin said that Ledley stood out among several other candidates during interviews in July.

"We think she will be an excellent fit for the community," he said. "Being local, she is already up to speed on the issues that are facing us, so she will hit the ground running. She is a very impressive interview."

Assistant Superintendent of Public Works Kevin Hann had been acting as interim town manager since the departure of former manager Brad Plante in March. Having considered the possibility of becoming the permanent town manager, Hann decided that he preferred to serve the town in his former role.

"I would like to thank you all for the opportunity that you gave me," Hann said at the meeting. "I enjoyed the time here, but I am looking forward to going back to Public Works."

Ledley will begin her first official day on the job on Monday, Aug. 18.

In other news, the Hampstead Police Department swore in a new officer, Seth Wyncoop, who is currently a candidate in training with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission's Academy in Sykesville and will graduate on Aug. 28, according to Hampstead Chief of Police Ken Meekins.

Councilman Jason Cavey also announced that commercial spice and condiments company Fuchs North America will submit a site plan for the construction of a new, 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Hampstead later this month, with a public hearing to follow in September. Cavey said that the company hopes to break ground on the new facility sometime in the spring of 2015.

Reach staff writer Jon Kelvey at 410-857-3317 or jon.kelvey@carrollcountytimes.com.

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