Bowie faced with replacing three experienced directors -- Gazette.Net


Bowie officials are working to replace about 80 years of lost experience after three department directors left in about a two-month period.

“I’m saddened to see some really good quality people go,” said Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson.

Bowie’s longtime director of information technology, Robert Boller, retired after 20 years of work on Jan. 13, along with public works director Jim Henrikson after 28 years of work on Feb. 21 and director of finance Robert Patrick after 30 years of service on Jan. 3, said city officials.

City Manager David Deutsch said the finance director has already been replaced by H. Byron Matthews, former assistant finance director, while the other two positions are still going through applications and interviews.

Interim staff members are assisting with budget planning and carrying out the daily tasks of the directors, Deutsch said.

Deutsch couldn’t give an exact date for when the positions would be filled, but he did say the city hopes to have them filled in the next few months.