Manchester names educator town manager


Manchester's mayor and Town Council named a college professor and retired elementary school principal as town manager last night.

Philip L. Arbaugh, 50, of the 400 block of Cobb's Choice Lane in Westminster will succeed David M. Warner, who is retiring.

Arbaugh was chosen from among 32 applicants, an increase from an earlier pool of 17, said Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr., who makes the appointment with council approval under the town's strong-mayor system.

"I'm happy to report after a start, and restart, that the mayor and Town Council have approved a new town manager after we sifted out four of the best of 32 candidates," Lippy said last night.

The town had selected a new town manager in June -- but had to readvertise the position. The candidate selected turned it down before being offered the job but after learning that it did not provide benefits, Lippy said.

Warner agreed to stay beyond his planned July 1 retirement date, working a reduced schedule because of commitments he had made.

Arbaugh retired in 1996 after 21 years with the Howard County public school system, during which time he served as principal of four elementary schools.

From 1969 to 1975, he was an elementary schoolteacher for the Carroll County public school system. He is an adjunct professor at Western Maryland College, Carroll Community College, Villa Julie College and the Johns Hopkins University.

In his application, Arbaugh noted his experience in overseeing employees, setting policy, developing budgets and programs, coordinating data and public relations.

He said the part-time $29,000 a year position suits his situation because he is retired.

"While money is important, I am much more interested in securing a position in which I can be challenged and productive," Arbaugh said.

"Your position of half-time, 25 hours per week, seems to be an ideal means for me to become involved in a second career," he said.

Pub Date: 8/12/98

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