Acting City Manager Alfred “Tony” Tomasello was among three finalists named for the city manager position by Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and the city council on Friday.
Finalists Mike Mallinoff of Glen Arm, Todd Parton of Kerrville, Texas, and Tomasello of Ijamsville were selected from 44 applicants for the position after Katz and the council reviewed résumés and conducted interviews, according to Gaithersburg resident Margaret Daily, director of human resources for the city. She said the three candidates fit the qualifications the city was looking for through their experience and their fit for the city.
Mallinoff has served as city manager for Annapolis since June 2010 and has served in other capacities since 1989. He was the director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs from 2002 to 2010 and city administrator from 1989 to 1995. He also served as city manager for Newport, R.I., from 1995 to 2002.
Mallinoff is an International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager. He holds a doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a bachelor’s in geography from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Parton has served as city manager of Kerrville, Texas, since 2009. He has served as city manager of Cibolo, Texas, from 2004 to 2009 and as senior planner at Dunkin, Sefko & Associates Inc. in Dallas/Fort Worth from 2000 to 2004. He has served as the director of planning for the Denton Independent School District (Texas) from 1998 to 2000, director of planning/assistant to the city manager of Midlothian, Texas, from 1993 to 1997 and as urban planner for the city of Denton, Texas, from 1990 to 1993.
Parton has a master of public administration in budget and finance and a bachelor’s in emergency administration and planning from the University of North Texas.
Tomasello has served as Gaithersburg’s acting city manager since June 2012. He served as deputy/assistant city manager since 2001 and was the city’s economic development director from 1996 to 2001. Before that, he served as the program manager for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development from 1988 to 1996 and worked for Wells Fargo Credit Corporation from 1985 to 1987.
Tomasello has a master’s in business administration from Frostburg State University and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Maryland University College in College Park.
Finalists will have the opportunity to talk with the city employees and meet community members in a roundtable discussion format on Nov. 16 where comments can be submitted about each finalist. They will be introduced to residents and community stakeholders at a public reception held by Katz and the city council Nov. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, located at 506 South Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg.
Gaithersburg has a population of 62,000 and 272 employees with an annual budget of $50.6 million, according to a city news release.
“We want to have people to come out and meet them and give us their viewpoints,” Katz said Friday afternoon.
The mayor and city council hope to finalize their decision in the coming weeks. The start date of the new city manager will be contingent on his availability.