(1/4) Woodsboro Town Commissioner Dennis Kline informed
the board of commissioners and Woodsboro Burgess Donald Trimmer Dec. 12 of his
resignation, which took effect New Year’s Eve.
Bill Rittelmeyer, a regular attendee of the council’s
meetings, will serve out the remainder of Kline’s four-year term, Trimmer said.
The term ends in 2008.
Trimmer said he wasn’t surprised by Kline’s
‘‘I knew he was building a home [in West Virginia]."
Kline, a Woodsboro native and lifelong resident, was a
member of Woodsboro’s town council for 18 years.
‘‘Sure, I’ll miss it," he said. ‘‘We didn’t always
agree, but that was a good thing."
Kline said he and his wife decided to move out of
Frederick County so that she could work on her art while they live in the
‘‘[Frederick County] used to be a very agricultural
area, and now it’s become so popular that it’s not what I like," Kline said.
Rittelmeyer will be sworn in at a council meeting
‘‘He has shown a lot of interest in supporting the town
officials," Trimmer said.
The job pays $2,250 per year.
Although Rittelmeyer, 49, acknowledged that he has no
direct experience in politics or government, he said the chance to join the
board of commissioners was one he has been hoping would come his way.
‘‘I’ve attended the majority of the meetings over the
past 12 years," he said. ‘‘I’ve always had some interest in politics."
Trimmer said he and the commissioners voted for
Rittelmeyer over one other candidate to fill the position.
The board of commissioners includes Kline, Ken Morgan,
Gary Smith and Scott Brakebill.
Rittelmeyer knew he was a strong candidate to step in
for Kline. He just didn’t know when.
‘‘They approached me a while back," he said. He said a
letter informing him of his selection arrived Dec. 23.
Rittelmeyer, who by day works as an information
resources supervisor for the Marriott hotel chain, said he wants to protect
Woodsboro from vandals and improve the town’s roads. He doesn’t expect to be
confronted with many challenges in Woodsboro during his term.
Rittelmeyer has lived in Woodsboro for 13 years.
He is married, with a son attending Walkersville High
School and a daughter in college.
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