Resele is new town manager

Bob Resele introduces himself to the audience as the new town manager during a Thursday, Aug. 8 Rock Hall council meeting. Resele’s employment fills a vacancy that was created when Ron Fithian retired after 20 years on the job in April. Also pictured is Town Clerk and Treasurer Stephanie Loller.

ROCK HALL — After being without a town manager since Ron Fithian’s retirement April 10, the Town of Rock Hall has a new person on the job: Bob Resele.

“We have a terrific announcement, we have a town manager,” Mayor Dawn Jacobs said during an Aug. 8 meeting to a round of applause.

Resele’s first day was Monday, Aug. 5.

Jacobs said she is still in the process of transferring responsibilities to Resele. Jacobs has held the title of acting town manager as well as mayor, per the charter, since she was elected to office in May.

“Bob was selected by the council from among 13 candidates, four of whom were from out of state,” Jacobs said. “We worked our way through, I think, maybe four meetings ending with one more interview with Bob.”

Jacobs said Resele’s background in engineering as well as maintenance direction and management was “a really good fit for our circumstances here and our challenges.”

“So we’re happy to have you join us Bob,” Jacobs said.

Resele said he first visited Rock Hall in 1993. He and his wife lived in central Pennsylvania before becoming full-time residents of the town about three years ago. He said they’ve had a vacation home here since 1999.

While Resele said he was enjoying his retirement, he believes his career experience can benefit the town.

“I enjoyed the part of having fun and not working every morning, but the thing my background does is actually fit into what the town manager position really needed,” Resele said. “A lot of being able to work with people, understanding the customer, understanding the local residents and the people from Rock Hall. And then being able to bring in project management and skills from a maintenance background.”

Resele said he spent 17 years in engineering working for a company that took him to Brazil, where he was involved in the construction of the world’s fourth largest plant.

He then moved to the domestic side of his company’s business, which also led him to be based in Mexico for five years.

“I enjoy being here. The one thing I do want to do is thank the mayor and council for having the confidence to hire me and I hope I put enough effort to satisfy them,” Resele said.

Also during the meeting, the council voted to amend times when its brush pile is open for community use. The brush pile was unanimously approved to be open from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

An attendant will be onsite to ensure the pile is used by town residents only.

The council introduced an ordinance to amend the allowed signage in front of the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company.

A hearing will be held during the council’s Sept. 12 meeting.

According to the ordinance, the maximum square footage a sign can occupy — if it is used for public, charitable, educational or religious institutions — is proposed to increase from 40 feet to 50 feet, 7 feet to 8 feet and 9 feet to 12 feet “provided that such signage is located on a property with frontage on Maryland Route 20.”

The mayor and council will hold a utilities board meeting and workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. The next business meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.

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