Selbyville will be losing one familiar face at town hall with the retirement of 10-year Town Administrator Gary Taylor, but they’ll be gaining a familiar face to fill the role: Robert Dickerson, a 35-year veteran of management at the town’s Baltimore Trust bank branch.
The town council announced Dickerson’s hiring at their Monday, March 10, council meeting — well ahead of schedule with Taylor’s retirement, which is set for the end of May.
The search for a replacement had begun in late 2007, when Taylor announced his intentions to retire for the second time in his life. The Selbyville administrator position was actually a post-retirement re-start for Taylor, who had previously retired as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Fortune 500 companies.
Now, Taylor is ready to retire again, though he’ll still be a presence in Selbyville, with an agreement to stay on as “administrative consultant.” This second “semi-retirement” will see Taylor first remaining on through his planned May retirement date, to help train his replacement.
“At that point I’m semi-retired,” Taylor told the Coastal Point this week. “But I’m going to continue to consult with the town for about a year.”
Taylor was enthusiastic about the selection of Dickerson to take over as town administrator in Selbyville.
“They started interviewing after the first of the year, but he was such a great candidate they wanted to grab him up before we lost him,” Taylor said.
When consulting with the Fenwick Island Town Council as they began their search for their first-ever town manager in March of 2006, Taylor had advised his neighbors to look for strong financial credentials in their applicants, noting it as a major component of the job.
This week, he agreed that Dickerson’s long history in local banking and bank management was exactly the kind of background that would make for a great new town administrator in Selbyville.
“I think 35 years in the banking business more than qualifies him for that,” Taylor said.
“He was also a very good manager there and was very well liked,” he added. “And he’s known by about all the businesses here, and all the people. That will be a very great advantage for him.”
“I’ve been working in that town for 35 years, and I know a lot about the town,” he explained. Seeking the job was a natural move, he added.
“I felt comfortable with knowing about the workings of the town,” he said. “It just felt like a good fit for me.”
Dickerson said he’s ready to start learning the job from Taylor but that he didn’t have any particular issues he wanted to tackle right off the bat.
“I’m just going to work at the direction of what the people of the town of Selbyville want, as directed by their representatives, the mayor and town council,” he said.
But he does have a considerable head start on what some candidates for the position might have provided.
“I’m pretty familiar with the people of Selbyville and workings of the town,” Dickerson acknowledged.
Dickerson lives nearby, just outside Williamsville, where he has lived for 35 years now. A Laurel native, he is married and has two grown children. He also belongs to several Selbyville-area organizations and even sits on the board of the nearby Pyle Center — a duty he shares with Taylor.
Dickerson was president of Baltimore Trust’s Selbyville branch until it was taken over by Mercantile Peninsula. At that time, he became executive vice president. When the bank merged with PNC Bank recently, Dickerson retired, having spent 35 years there. The change came just in time for the job in Selbyville’s town hall, which Taylor said Dickerson will start right away — on Monday, March 17.