Matt Candland has resigned as Carlisle’s borough manager effective Friday.
A news release from the borough said Candland submitted his resignation “in order to pursue other professional opportunities,” but did not specify what those opportunities might be.
Assistant Borough Manager Susan Armstrong will assume the duties of borough manager on an interim basis until the council appoints Candland’s successor.
“Looking back over my tenure with the borough, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Carlisle community and am very proud of the accomplishments that we have all made during this time. Serving this great community has been extremely rewarding,” Candland wrote in his letter of resignation, according to the news release.
Candland has more than 25 years of municipal government experience. He served as the town manager for Sykesville, Maryland, from 1995 until he came to Carlisle in July 2012.
“Over the past seven years, Matt has played a key role in advancing economic opportunities and enhancing the quality of life of Carlisle’s citizens. Through his leadership, the borough was able to seamlessly transition to the Home Rule Charter structure of government that the people voted to approve in 2015 and that went into effect in 2016,” Mayor Tim Scott said in the news release.
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Scott also said Candland’s “professionalism and demeanor are quite noteworthy,” adding that he was active on many boards and committees that serve both the Carlisle community and municipal management in general. Candland is also an International City Managers Association mentor responsible for assisting management professionals who are new to local government.
In the news release, the borough council cited some of Carlisle’s accomplishments under Candland’s leadership including the development of the Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan, which cast a vision for three former industrial sites, and the Carlisle Connectivity Plan, which brings infrastructure improvements to the area surrounding the sites.
The borough council also said Candland reorganized the borough’s internal organizational structure, including the creation of the Water Resources Department that has streamlined operations and realized savings; advanced a comprehensive rehabilitation and replacement program for the borough’s antiquated water, sewer and stormwater systems; engaged with potential developers and community stakeholders for revitalization initiatives; provided sound fiscal management that led to the borough’s improved credit rating that is the highest of any Pennsylvania borough; oversaw the development of a long-range capital plan to maintain the borough’s streets and alleyways; and, developed and implemented a succession plan for the replacement of 8 of 10 department directors and managers who have retired or departed the borough.
“I wish to thank the borough council, mayor and staff for the opportunity to work alongside you. Together, we were able to achieve positive outcomes on many fronts. I will especially miss the collegial working relationship that I have had with so many of my fellow staff members. I not only consider them the utmost professionals, but also my friends. Carlisle Borough is a special place that my family and I have enjoyed calling home. I wish the community and the borough organization well,” Candland said in the news release.
Candland faced controversy during his tenure, particularly in the 2013 proposal, and eventual borough council decision, to transfer dispatch duties for the Carlisle Police Department from an internal system to the county’s dispatch.
“Council will miss Matt’s presence and contributions within our organization and the Carlisle community. On behalf of the Carlisle Borough Council, staff and community, we wish Matt and his family the very best as they embark on a new chapter,” said Scott and Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz in a statement included in the news release.