After five years as city manager of Taneytown, Charles P. "Chip" Boyles has resigned for personal reasons.
Boyles, 37, is leaving Taneytown to return to his home state of South Carolina, where his mother and two sisters reside. He has accepted a post as assistant city administrator for Clemson, S.C., home of Clemson University.
When asked what he would miss about Taneytown, Boyles replied, "Everything."
"I'll miss all of the business and personal relationships that have grown since I've been here," he said.
Boyles' management skill and his ability to look to the future have made him an asset to the city, said Taneytown Mayor Henry C. Heine.
"Chip is a visionary," said Heine, who has worked with Boyle as the city's mayor and as mayor pro tem on the City Council. "He has the ability to take things on surface value and see how they can be applied and used for what we need in the future. That's critical for a city."
Heine noted Boyles' work as project manager for Taneytown's recently completed $8 million wastewater treatment plant as one of his many achievements during his tenure as city manager.
Assistant City Manager Linda Hess praised Boyles' ability to remain calm in all situations.
"I've never seen him get mad," she said. "He's very calm, very collected."
Taneytown, population 5,000, has 28 employees and a $3 million annual budget.
Before Boyles' hiring in September 1995, Taneytown had three city managers in three years.
During Boyles' tenure, the city has worked to attract and retain businesses with some major successes.
Last month, Flowserve Corp., Taneytown's second-largest employer, announced it will keep its manufacturing plant in town open and expand by the end of the year.
In April, Taneytown was selected as a Main Street Maryland community by the state.
The three-year program is designed to rehabilitate storefronts, lure businesses and attract people to shop and live downtown.
Boyles' last day is Oct. 26.
Heine said the city has placed ads in a number of publications for the job.
The salary ranges between $43,000 and $49,000.
The city will be taking resumes through next month and hopes to fill the post soon after.