FENWICK ISLAND – After a nearly six-month search, Fenwick Island officials have hired a new town manager.
Municipal officials announced Thursday that Teresa “Terry” Tieman, currently the town manager in Harrington, Del., had been chosen as the next Fenwick Island town manager. The position has been vacant since former town manager Merritt Burke left Fenwick in July.
“We’re really excited,” Mayor Gene Langan said. “We’re happy to welcome her to the Fenwick Island family.”
Tieman has spent the past five years as the town manager in Harrington. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Dover. She will begin working for the Town of Fenwick Jan. 23.
Langan said town leaders were impressed with her extensive 28 years of experience in municipal government. In addition to a master’s degree in business administration and her hands-on experience, Tieman was awarded the “City Manager of the Year” honor by the Delaware League of Municipal Governments in 2015. Langan said she was also president of the City Management Association of Delaware.
“She’s got great experience and great contacts,” he said.
Langan said officials were thrilled to finally fill the town manager position, the duties of which have been handled by Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden since Burke’s departure.
Langan said the hiring process had taken some time because it had been handled by the town council — which has to provide advance public notice of meetings — rather than a distinct search committee.
“We got a lot of really good applicants,” he said.
Officials encourage residents interested in meeting Tieman to attend the Jan. 27 council meeting.