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Town Manager

The Position

Sykesville’s Town Manager is responsible for overseeing all the day-to-day operations, supervising the 18 full-time and 6 part-time employees, and implementing the laws and policies of the Mayor and Town Council. The Town provides a safe community through proactive police services, maintains Town streets, paths, and parks, provides refuse and recycling collection, offers concerts and events in its parks and downtown Sykesville, and operates a Post Office/Visitor’s Center, Gatehouse Museum and Historic Colored Schoolhouse. The Town recently initiated a Main Street program, provides planning, zoning, and permitting services, and has regulatory bodies, including a Historic District Commission. The Town Manager and Administration staff located in the historic Town House develop and implement the annual budget and capital plan. The total approved General Fund expenditures for FY13 are $2,886,975. The Town Manager also serves on numerous boards and works directly with County and State officials on issues including roads, parks, grants, Main Street, historic preservation, and development activities.

The Town of Sykesville has a mayor-council form of government, with a six-member Council and a Mayor, serving four-year staggered terms. Council meetings are held bi-monthly, on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The Town Charter provides that the Mayor recommends all personnel appointments and the Council confirms. All of the Town’s employees are under the supervision of the Town Manager, with eight direct reports. It has been the practice of the Town, that the Town Manager oversees the hiring and other human resources functions.

Minimum requirements for the Town Manager include a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration or related field, (Master’s Degree preferred), three years of local government supervisory and/or management experience, and a strong desire to live and work in a small town. Preferred qualifications include experience with redevelopment, grants, project management, and a historic Main Street. Residency within the Town limits is strongly encouraged.

The Ideal Candidate

The next Town Manager of Sykesville will be a strong, servant leader who is accessible, approachable, and fiscally prudent. The ideal candidate will be an effective listener, gracious under pressure, and strong in his/her ethical convictions. The Manager will help the Mayor and Council develop, articulate and implement their vision, translate actions of the governing body effectively to staff and residents, and be an articulate spokesperson for the community. The next town manager will love the town and appreciate all of its unique attributes, reach out to residents and businesses, and use his/her knowledge of local government operations to be responsive and make improvements where needed. The ideal candidate will be a “jack-of-all-trades” and be willing to not only manage the organization but also get his/her hands dirty and help with much of the work of providing high quality services to the Town’s businesses, residents, and visitors. The Town Manager will be caring, confident, and able to work constructively with strong personalities. The ideal candidate will be capable of learning quickly, an organized project manager, and a positive leader for the staff and community.


The Town of Sykesville is a haven to 4,440 residents located in Carroll County in central Maryland, on the Patapsco River. Sykesville was recently recognized as the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in Maryland and in the top 10 in the United States (Bloomberg Business Week 2012). Located on the historic Old Main Line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Sykesville is home to an award-winning restaurant, Baldwin’s Station, which is located in a beautifully restored 1880s train depot. This serves as an anchor to Sykesville’s Historic District and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Sykesville is in the Patapsco River Valley, close to Liberty Reservoir, Piney Run Park, and Patapsco Valley State Park. Over the course of its long history, Sykesville has been a rail town and a mill town, divided by the Civil War and Prohibition, washed away in the great flood of 1868, and rebuilt and restored into its current happy renaissance as an exurban community vibrant with working professionals and their families. Residents enjoy a close-knit community where neighbors take care of one another and are also close to all the cultural amenities of Baltimore and Washington, DC – approximately 25 miles west of Baltimore and 40 miles north of Washington, DC.

Although many of the charming, historic buildings on Main Street date back to the late-1800s, the Town of Sykesville was not formally incorporated until 1904. The Town is 1.6 square miles, all of it land. Demographically, Sykesville is fairly youthful, with 93% of its residents 64 years old or younger. The two largest ethnicities are whites and African Americans, which make up 83% and 12% of the town, respectively. Economically, median household income in Sykesville is $89,896 and the most common industries of employment are professional occupations; sales; and management, business, and financial operations. Sykesville residents support community activities such as the new Sykesville Fine Art and Wine Festival, the Sykesville Fall Festival, and the summer concert series in Millard Cooper Park that bring residents together and visitors to the town and Sykesville’s historic Main Street.


The hiring salary range is $75,000-$90,000 DOQ with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. To apply, email cover letter, resume, 5-year salary history, and 3-5 professional references to Application deadline: August 17, 2012.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or by telephone to (240) 832-1778.

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