The "Acting" Tag has been dropped from Marc Appelbaum's Town Manager title in Dewey Beach.
During their meeting on Saturday, the Dewey Beach Board of Commissioners approved a two-year contract for Appelbaum to be Town Manager. Appelbaum had been the Acting Town Manager since late August, following the resignation of Bob Stickels last summer. In between, Police Chief Sam Mackert served as Acting Town Manager.
Mayor Diane Hanson says that every town needs a full-time Town Manager. She says the position is more than a full-time job because they're always something that needs to be done. Hanson praised Appelbaum's work on managing Superstorm Sandy, the town's budget, making Town Hall more efficient, and overseeing the Ruddertowne construction project. She says having a full-time Town Manager who's in charge all the time at Town Hall gives towns more credibility than having someone who's only in there temporarily. Hanson says she's been impressed by the hours Appelbaum has been putting in for the job.
Appelbaum is a former Commissioner and chair of the town's Budget and Finance Committee. Hanson says now that he's the full-time Town Manager, he'll be able to make adjustments that he feels are necessary for the long-term.
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