Mount Rainier hires interim city manager

Mount Rainier has hired an interim city manager to head up the town’s administration as it looks for a full-timer to take on the role. The new city manager is Latasha Gatling, a former town councilor and, later, a town administrator for the city of Seat Pleasant and a former liason with the Prince George’s County Council. Gatling’s first day on the job is Nov. 19, 2019. 

The hire was announced by Mount Rainier Councilor Celina Benitez in a Facebook post Nov. 14, 2019.

Help Wanted: Mount Rainier talks city manager hiring strategy

Mount Rainier’s city manager office remains vacant as city officials try to figure out a recruitment plan to find a replacement. During a special session, Mount Rainier City Council discussed the issue during its Sept. 24, 2019, meeting. Mount Rainier’s human resources director D’alizza Mercedes told City Council the lack of a city manager has caused “turmoil” for city staff. “The fact that we are in a very interesting position without a city manager is quite difficult,” said Mercedes before Council during a special meeting called Sept.