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Rockville hires city clerk after six month search

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Published on: Thursday, March 22, 2012

By Daryl Buchanan

ROCKVILLE – The city’s search for a new City Clerk is over. March 21 the Mayor and Council tapped Douglass Barber to takeover the position which has been vacant since September.

Barber will serve as Rockville’s City Clerk and Treasurer starting on April 30. Barber has previously served as City Clerk in Hyattsville, MD since 2001. Barber will be tasked with providing administrative and clerical support to the Mayor and Council. 

Barber will also administer elections, provide staff support for the Board of Supervisors of Elections and the Compensation Commission, and maintain up-to-date records for the city. He will report directly to the Mayor and Council and be responsible for day to day activities in the City Clerk Office.

“I’m looking forward to working in Rockville. The community is known for its outstanding government services, and I am pleased to be part of such a well-regarded organization,” said Barber.

Douglass fills a position that has been empty since September when former City Clerk Glenda Evans resigned amid controversial claims of racism within the city.

Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio spoke highly of Barber coming to Rockville.

“I think he will be a fine addition to our city. We wanted to find someone with his experience and clear record of hard work. He’s got all the talents and attributes we need for a City Clerk,” said Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio.

Despite encouraging Rockville residents to apply for the position Mayor Marcuccio said they had to hire from outside the city when they could not find an applicant from Rockville with the desired experience in city government the City Council was looking for.

Barber currently does not reside in Rockville, but Mayor Marcuccio is hoping that will change.

“We’re hopeful once he gets started here he will see the light and want to move to Rockville. We will certainly be trying to press him to make the move,” said Mayor Marcuccio. 

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