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The Havre de Grace City Council agenda for Dec. 16 is here.

City Hall decorated for the holidays in December 2012. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
City Hall decorated for the holidays in December 2012. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Havre de Grace has been without an official director of administration since last December, when Mayor Wayne Dougherty said former director Carol Mathis opted not to renew her contract.

This week, the new director will be announced, and it's a familiar face in City Hall.

Jim Newby, the city's procurement and public information officer who has worked at City Hall for decades, will officially take the oath of office at the Dec. 16 meeting of the Havre de Grace City Council.

At the Oct. 7 city council meeting, Patrick Sypolt—the city's risk manager—was appointed to serve as the interim director of the administration.

Also on the agenda for the Dec. 16 meeting are the Water and Sewer Commission's annual report and a recognition of Manager of Tourism and Marketing Brigitte Peters, who was presented with the Visionary Impact Award recently at the Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit. At the summit, state tourism officials named the War of 1812 bicentennial event in Havre de Grace the "best large event" of the year in Maryland; Peters coordinated the event.

Here's the rest of the city council agenda, adapted from the City of Havre de Grace website.

December 16, 2013
7 p.m.

1. Call to Order  

2. Roll Call

3. Pledge of Allegiance

4. Opening Prayer by Mayor Wayne Dougherty

5. Approval of the Minutes (December 2 public meeting and closed session)

6. Recognitions: Brigitte Peters; Manager of Tourism

7. Proclamations: None

8. Presentations:

9. Appointments (Council President Randy Craig)

  • Jim Newby, Director of Administration

10.  Oath of Office (Administered by Mayor Dougherty)

  • Jim Newby

11. Comments from Citizens on Agenda Items

12. Resolutions: None

13. Ordinances: None 

14. Unfinished Business/Old Business: None

15. New Business:

Special Events: (Presented by Patrick Sypolt)

16. Directors' Reports:

  • Patrick Sypolt, Interim Director of Administration
  • Neal Mills, Director of Planning
  • George DeHority, Director of Finance
  • Larry Parks- Director of Public Works                                          
  • Teresa Walter, Chief of Police

17. Business from Mayor Dougherty

18. Business from Councilmembers (Joseph Smith, Fred Cullum, John Correri, David Glenn, Bill Martin)

19. Business from Council President Randy Craig

20. Comments from Citizens

21. Adjournment


Ken Coughlan December 16, 2013 at 07:47 AM
The Lewis Lane Singers of the Havre de Grace Drama Guild will also be singing some brief carols right before the meeting begins! :-)


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