A Manchester councilwoman who worked with community groups and town merchants will be stepping down after this month's town meeting because she is relocating to shorten the commute to her job in Hagerstown.
"I am moving Dec. 5," said Mary E. Minderlein, 49, who was elected for a second term in May, said she is moving next month to Greencastle, Pa., which she said is a 10-minute drive from her job as benefits manager for Garden State Tanning Inc., a manufacturer of leather upholstery for automobiles.
Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario said Minderlein will be missed.
"She filled a large role ... with all the community groups and the Manchester Area Merchants Association," he said. "She's the one that successfully got the MAMA group together."