Bowell named acting town manager in Queenstown
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.