New faces, new ideas in Harrington leadership

HARRINGTON — New faces might bring new ideas for the city of Harrington.

Several positions have been filled in recent months, including the newest opening: city manager.

Don Williams is the most recent addition to city leadership, although he might be recognizable to many in Harrington.

Mr. Williams has lived in Harrington for 30 years. He spent the last nine years, however, working for the city of Milford in code enforcement and building inspection roles.

The position became available at the end of January as Terry Tieman resigned for a city manager position in Fenwick Island.

Code enforcement is now picking up speed within city limits thanks to new hire John Long.

Mr. Long came onboard in October and says he’s made progress in cracking down on violations in the city.

One thing that sticks out to the code enforce ment officer the most in Harrington are a surprising amount of mattresses.

“I don’t really know why there are so many, but they’re kind of everywhere,” he chuckled. “I’m trying to work on more city-wide cleanups to help.”

Mr. Long said his door is always open for questions and concerns.

“If you’re nearby, stop in. If I’m there, I’d be happy to talk with you,” he said.

Jeremy Rothwell also recently joined Harrington’s ranks in not only a new role, but a new position for the city, as well.

The city of Harrington previously worked with city planners contractually only. As the city looked toward growth, the Harrington City Council approved a full-time city planner position last year.

“I’m the first one,” Mr. Rothwell acknowledged. “I’m someone to call every day of the week.”

He said he hopes to continue the “good work the city is already doing” and gave credit to the previous planner, Debbie Pfeil, “for all the good work she’s done.”

He hopes to work on good customer service and create predictable development and review plans for both developers and the public.

“I really would like to see, and something the city wants to do more of, more advertising and recognition of the good work it’s doing that its citizens don’t really know about,” he said.

As one suggestion, Mr. Rothwell mentioned ribbon cutting ceremonies hosted by the city of Harrington, which could come in handy soon.

A new Ambient Care center is planned for a location in Midway Shopping Center. A new adult day care might also be opening up in Harrington along with several national chain-businesses, he said.

“Harrington is, I think, poised to see a lot of new constructive growth. My job as a planner is to look out for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens. The question is: How do I do that and have the good of the developers in mind and have something everybody be proud of,” he said.

Although Mr. Rothwell is from Maryland, he said “it was time for a planner,” and he’s glad he was the one chosen for the job.

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