Bow­ell named act­ing town man­ager in Queen­stown

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

QUEEN­STOWN — Town com­mis­sion­ers have ap­pointed Mike Bow­ell, a for­mer com­mis­sioner, as act­ing town man­ager — a vol­un­teer, part-time po­si­tion

The com­mis­sion­ers are in­volved in mak­ing poli­cies, pri­or­i­tiz­ing tasks and over­sight and “the town man­ager will ba­si­cally carry out what the com­mis­sion­ers de­cide on. The town man­ager car­ries out what the com­mis­sion­ers do,” Bow­ell said.

“If this ap­proach to gov­er­nance works, the com­mis­sion­ers will look at this and get a pro­fes­sional to do that some­where down the line,” he said.

Bow­ell said he has be­gun to make the of­fice more ef­fi­cient. “We are try­ing to re­or­ga­nize the of­fice a lit­tle bit. We are try­ing to make it more ef­fi­cient. We are putting in some new soft­ware to han­dle the wastew­a­ter bills. We are up­grad­ing our tele­phone sys­tem. We are up­grad­ing our com­puter sys­tem.”

His job has no set hours. “You could say it’s part-time. It’s like the com­mis­sion­ers, part-time. We are all vol­un­teers. We are all part-time,” he said.

The town does em­ploy four full­time peo­ple and sev­eral part-time peo­ple when there’s a need.

Bow­ell was town com­mis­sioner for two con­sec­u­tive term, a to­tal of six years, but de­cided not to run again in the last elec­tion. At the time, he said that two terms were enough and there were peo­ple bet­ter suited for the po­si­tion than him.

Ho­gie Schus­ter, for­merly the town’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion chair­man, was elected and has taken Bow­ell’s place as town com­mis­sioner.

Pre­vi­ously, Bow­ell was one of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of the town’s Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, where he served three years. When elected, he didn’t con­tinue on the three-mem­ber com­mit­tee. His wife, Patricia, is now chair­man of the group.

Mr. Bow­ell has con­sid­ered him­self re­tired since 1995, when he sold his part of the own­er­ship of Car­di­nal Rental and Sales. Bow­ell sold con­struc­tion equip­ment for the com­pany.

Be­sides his work in busi­ness, Bow­ell was also in the mil­i­tary. He was in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1968, and his last rank was cap­tain.

Bow­ell said Queen­stown res­i­dents can call him at 410-443-4807 or email him at Bow­ell72@gmail.com

“We are striv­ing to be as ef­fi­cient as we can be. We will try to get our town taxes low,” Bow­ell said.

MIKE BOW­ELL

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