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Annapolis has temporary administrator; Retired city manager from Gaithersburg hired


Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson has hired a retired Gaithersburg city manager to fill in as city administrator so that he can invest more time in planning his budget for the next fiscal year while the search continues for a new second-in-command.

Sanford W. Daily, 58, who managed Gaithersburg from 1968 to 1995, will start Tuesday and will coordinate the search for a city administrator in addition to taking over administrative duties that Johnson assumed when Walter N. Chitwood III resigned from that position in September.

Daily's contract, which pays him weekly at a rate that would amount to about $74,000 a year, expires at the end of June. The contract will be terminated early if someone is hired before then.

Johnson said city spokesman Thomas W. Roskelly, whom he appointed temporary city administrator last week after a man he had selected for the job rejected it, will work with Daily.

"I've spent this week on budget matters, trying to produce some reorganization plans for several different departments," Johnson said. "The workload is backing up. Between the two of them, they will be handling the majority of the city's administrative functions."

Johnson has had problems hiring a city administrator because candidates have considered the maximum salary for the position as defined by the City Code to be too little. He began the search anew last week.

Daily, a Gaithersburg resident, said he has been doing "as little as possible" since he retired.

"I've been fishing, golfing, taking care of my parents and upgrading my computer skills," Daily said. "I'm looking forward to this.

Daily said Johnson hired him after the executive director of the Annapolis-based Maryland Municipal League recommended him.

Pub Date: 2/06/99

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