Taneytown's, Elected Officials
Mayor & City Council of Taneytown, MD
The Mayor and Council meet in the City Council Chambers at 7:30 P.M. on the second Monday of each month for their regular Council Meeting and on the Wednesday before the Council Meeting for their Workshop Meeting. The City of Taneytown is governed by a Mayor and five-member City Council who serve four-year terms. All members are elected at-large. Since the City of Taneytown is a chartered government, many of the laws and regulations are adopted by the Mayor and Council in accordance with state law. The City of Taneytown is a member of the Maryland Municipal League, an association of Maryland's Cities and Towns.
Jim was born in Washington D.C. He has lived in Maryland since 1956 and has been a resident of Taneytown since 1983. He and his wife Myra have four children – Jim III, Peggy, Alina and Caitrin – and ten grandchildren. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture, Jim was employed as a District Manager for Southern States Co-operative where he worked for over 30 years. He is currently employed as a Reverse Mortgage Consultant with Met Life Bank, with an office at the corner of E. Baltimore Street and York Street (4 York St) and is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). Jim is an active member of St Joseph’s (RC) Church and is Chairman of the Liturgy Committee and Director of the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Mother Seton School (Emmitsburg) Board.
Jim has served on the Taneytown Council since 1985. Among other Council duties, he has chaired the Taneytown Recycling Committee and Taneytown Museum Committee, and is active in downtown revitalization and historic preservation issues. He serves as chairman of the Taneytown Main Street Committee. Jim has also been active in the Maryland Municipal League (MML), an association of cities and towns, where he has served three terms as Carroll County Chapter President, District V.P., and State President. He is currently serving on the MML Legislative Committee. County responsibilities have included membership in the Carroll Recycling Committee and co-chair of the Carroll County Solid Waste Committee. His current term as Mayor expires in May 2019. Jim has served on the Governor's Commission on Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning and is currently a member of the Governor’s Intergovernmental Committee on Agriculture (GICA).
Councilwoman Diane Foster
Diane, a Baltimore native moved to Taneytown in November 2006. She has an AA degree in Human Services. She began working for the federal government at the Department of Defense at Fort Holabird in 1966 and transferred to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 1971. She has worked on policy-making staffs and later moved to the Office of Public Affairs where she held different positions including Writer-Editor for the monthly publication, "OASIS" magazine, a publication for SSA employees nationwide and Editor of the Central Office Bulletin, a bi-weekly newsletter for Central Office employees at SSA. She successfully completed a Federal Government Leadership Program that led to her working as SSA's liaison to the Baltimore City Mayor's Office and the Maryland State Governor's Office. She served on various program regulation workgroups and interagency partnership councils and as liaison on a myriad of initiatives between SSA and other government agencies where she interacted with all levels of government up to and including the White House. She is presently serving on the Supervisory Committee of the Securityplus Federal Credit Union with $274,422,750 in assets and 35,303 members. She served 2 prior 3-year terms as a Director (1 term as Secretary). Her other volunteers efforts include: Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Pets on Wheels, Oriole Advocates Inc. (Charitable sub-division of the Baltimore Orioles), Board of Directors Carroll Vista Condominium I, Architectural Committee, Carroll Vista Condominiums, Parish Council, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Event Planning Committee for the Taneytown Economic Development Department. She is married to Samuel and has 4 adult children.
Councilman Joe Vigliotti
Joe Vigliotti, a native of Long Island, New York, has been a resident of Taneytown since 1996, and is a second-term city councilman. He has worked in the home improvement field extensively, and currently works for himself as a freelance writer. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, and Joe is also the author of over a dozen novels. He is a 2008 graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University, where he majored in history, and double minored in political science and philosophy. He is also a member of the Knight of Columbus.
Councilman Bradley Wantz
Bradley was born in Taneytown to Daniel and Cynthia Wantz, as one of four children. He grew up playing Little League baseball for the city, and remains an avid baseball fan of the Baltimore Orioles. He enjoys life at home with his wife, Ashley, and three sons, Connor, Kelton, and Lucas. He has spent over 15 years in retail, and is a Certified Technology Specialist relating to integrated audio/ visual system design and engineering. He is a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School and AccuTech Business Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys web design and programming, graphic design, photography, and technical writing. He also performs consulting for retail, audio/ visual, and association industries. Bradley previously served on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Councilman Donald Frazier
Don is a native of Carroll County and the youngest son of 5 Children born to Joseph and Viola Frazier of the Frazier Homestead in Finksburg. John, his eldest brother, lives in the Finksburg one room School house and his two sisters Joyce and Linda are both in the Medical profession. Jim works with Don in the Frazier Machine Company Inc., a local business in its 59 year of continual operation where he worked for 25 years. Don is the Great-Great Grandson of Samuel A Lauver who helped John K. Longwell found Carroll County in 1836 with the publication of the Carrolltonian newspaper and whose son Charles E. Lauver became the County Treasurer and brother Dr. Milton A. Lauver was a prominent Bruceville Physician and is now buried in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Taneytown. All the Frazier Children graduated from Westminster High School, Don graduating in 1977. He married Robin Bartlett, a 1978 Graduate of WHS in September of 1984. They have three daughters: Joanna Elisabeth, Rebekah Marie and Hannah Betts Frazier. Active in local politics since high school, Don won the William Paca Award for the Outstanding Republican Youth in 1984. He has been thrice the President of the Tri-District Republican Club.
Don represented the Carroll County Commissioners on the Central Maryland Health System’s Agency and chaired its Sub Area Advisory Council here in Carroll County. He served on the AIDS awareness committee and the Radon and Asbestos sub committees. Don also was appointed by Governor Harry Hughes to the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.
He and Robin live on Bentley Street in Taneytown. At the Agora headquarters here in town, the Fraziers paid $419.00 for water and sewer on a most recent water bill. Don hopes to keep our community a viable and thriving municipality through more sound budgeting and lower utility and real estate taxation policies thru lean and efficient governance.