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.
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.
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 Daniel Haines
Daniel Haines is a life-long resident of Taneytown, and a first-term city councilman. After graduating from Francis Scott Key, and putting himself through community college, he enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard. He currently serves as an intelligence analyst with the 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment.
Daniel works across the DMV as a freelance sign-language interpreter and continues his education online through the University of Maryland, Global Campus. Prior to running for office Daniel served on several local committees and volunteered for a number of charitable groups and campaigns.
Councilman LeRoy Hand
I grew up in a military family, with most of my school-aged years in Virginia Beach, close to Norfolk Naval Base. After attending undergraduate school in central VA, I came to MD and decided to commit to the education field, earning an MA from Hopkins.
Integrity is of the uppermost importance to me. Heraclitus speaks to this when he stated, “Day by day, what you do is who you become.” I believe we need to talk and listen much more than we do now; we need to get out of our silos and endeavor to see the full human picture, not just perseverate on the opinions of a few. Thinking, problem solving, knowledge acquisition, and cooperation have permitted the common man and woman to have time to ponder and engage others – let us not squander our opportunities to engage others in a din of ignorance that lacks appropriate and objective research efforts.
I have a passion for understanding others’ views, both historic and contemporary. I enjoy travel and learning about other cultures. To quote Samuel Clemens, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” After an outing, I perceive the world as a bit smaller than before, and I see similarities of my wants and those I meet abroad, to live well, do good work and deeds by my family and community, and enjoy the gift of life.
My family and I moved to Taneytown in November of 2002. A third child joined the Hand crew in 2005. My children, now 21, 19, and 16 have grown up in our small community and I often think of Bruce Springsteen’s, My Hometown, when I am out and about with my grown children – this is the town they know and appreciate.
I became involved in Taneytown governance when I began serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals in 2004. I remember Daryl Hale’s generosity in sitting with me in the mid-2000s and discussing Taneytown history, growth, and citizen issues of concern. I have also supported Parks and Recreation as a volunteer for events such as our annual Fishing Derby.
Volunteering has always been a part of my life, whether assisting with Kennedy Krieger’s Festival of Trees in Baltimore, assisting with charitable food events, or planting (reforestation) efforts in multiple counties.
Together, we make a better world.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Chaney
Elizabeth (Beth) Wantz Chaney was raised in the Silver Run area and has been a life-long resident of Carroll County. She has lived in Taneytown for 7 years and has taught in the Taneytown area since 2004. She has a master’s in reading/education and a major in psychology from McDaniel College. She has been married to her husband Jeff since 2004 and is raising three children; Emma, Ryan, and Peyton. She has been a member of the Taneytown Parks and Recreation committee and has served her town through sports boards, volunteer work, and other ways throughout the years. Beth is currently very invested in seeing the city of Taneytown succeed and wants to focus on doing what is best for the town and the residents. She would love to see Taneytown progress with purpose, but also with pride.