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City Clerk Resigns For Rockville Job

Hyattsville's City Clerk, Doug Barber, will be taking a new job in Rockville at the end of April. His departure creates the fifth high-level administrative vacancy in Hyattsville's government.

City Clerk Doug Barber will be leaving Hyattsville . In so doing, he will be leaving behind a career in Hyattsville's city government which stretches back more than two decades.

Barber, who currently lives in Bowie, submitted his letter of resignation to city leaders on Monday. His resignation was also announced at the City Council's aborted meeting later that evening. 

"It's an opportunity with a larger city," said Barber in an interview on Tuesday afternoon. "In the field of clerk, you don't have a lot of opportunities to stay in the state of Maryland, for larger cities and stuff like that, unless someone retires or resigns. So when you find an opportunity, you take a look at it."

Barber is slated to start his new job on April 30, He was informed of his selection last week.

Mayor Marc Tartaro said that Rockville officials made Barber "an offer we couldn't beat." 

Barber's departure leaves Hyattsville now with five department-director level positions vacant or filled in an acting capacity. 

Barber, a 1990 graduate of Northwestern High School, first started working for the city in 1988 at the age of 15, helping out on a part time basis with the local parks. By 2002, after stints in the city's administrative offices and in the parks department, Barber became Hyattsville's city clerk. In that capacity, Barber was in charge of taking and maintaining the city's records, handing requests for municipal documents and overseeing the city's elections.

Barber beat out more than 100 candidates who also applied for the Rockville job,

This is not the first time Barber has sought the Rockville clerk's job. According to Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, Barber applied in September 2010 for the job and was one of the top candidates, but Rockville officials hired another candidate, Glenda Evans, instead. 

Evans later resigned from the Rockville clerk position after roughly 15 months on the job. In an interview with The Montgomery Sentinel, Evans said she suffered racial discrimination at the job. 

"I am delighted that Mr. Barber is coming to Rockville to serve as our City Clerk,” Rockville Councilor Tom Moore said in an email. “By all accounts, he has done a fantastic job in Hyattsville. Mr. Barber has mastered the intricacies of municipal clerking, and I look forward to seeing how he can make our well-running Clerk's office even better-run."

Terms of Barber's contract were not immediately available. Rockville council members declined to discuss terms or how many candidates were interviewed, citing city policy of not discussing personnel matters.

Tartaro praised Barber for his work with the city over the years. 

"He is an extraordinary employee," said Tartaro. "Our ability to move the city forward, even with the thinness of the staff right now, was certainly in significant part to his controbution to the team effort of the administrative staff."

Michael L. Albertson March 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Congratulations Doug, Hyattsville lose is Rockville's gain. We will miss you. Thank you for your service to all the citizens in Hyattsville. Good luck
Shani March 21, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Doug will be sorely missed in Hyattsville. He's been a valued member of our community and will continue to be part of the Hyattsville family, wherever his professional pursuits take him. Rockville is one lucky municipality.
J.W. Hampton March 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Yes, Doug Barber is exactly the type of hard working and dedicated employee that the City needs and yet over the last 5 years never seems to be able to retain. The Mayor and Council need to take a look in the mirror so they can figure out what the problem is with employee retention.
Scurvy March 22, 2012 at 07:51 PM
How can Doug Barber be leaving? He lives in Md and the Mayor says the main reason people leave is because they are from out of state? How many more people have to leave before we citizens get upset enough to go to the Council and demand reforms? Our city is quickly becoming the laughingstock of the area.
Sarah Nemeth March 22, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Congratulations, Doug! Always a great pleasure working with you. --Sarah

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