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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Appreciation: Stan Ruchlewicz brought knowledge, expertise and main street values to Westminster

Appreciation: Stan Ruchlewicz brought knowledge, expertise and main street values to Westminster

This is a photo that I took of Stan from the roof of the old firehouse building on Main Street, on May 8, 2004. Stan and I had gone there to gather a bird's eye view of the city. That day we were up there for hours, brainstorming and discussing economic development and planning ideas for Westminster.

Stan was recognized by many as a leading authority on planning and economic development for small communities. Because he was also an artist, he understood the value of a vibrant arts and culture presence in a community and he was good at thinking out of the box. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he clearly understood that it was not good enough to be the best, you had to be nice, and Stan was one of the nicest public officials I have ever worked with in my forty-years of working with the public.

I'm really sad about Stan's passing. It is a great personal loss for me and a huge loss for the Westminster and Maryland.


Stan Ruchlewicz, the City of Westminster's administrator of economic development and Main Street manager, died June 5.

The news in Westminster spread quickly Tuesday that he had suffered a heart attack earlier in the day.

Ruchlewicz came to Westminster in May 2001 from Havre de Grace, where he had been hired in 1989 as the town's director of planning and zoning. During his time there, he worked with then-mayor, now Harford County Executive David Craig…. READ MORE:,0,4825178.story

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