Rockville City Manager’s Retirement Has Nothing to Do With Fountain Foul Up

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    Chris Gordon gets the scoop on the water fountain that disrupted the Rockville mayor's campaign announcement. (Video of announcement courtesy of Sean Sedam/Rockville.Patch.com.) (Published Thursday, Jul 7, 2011)

    Rockville, Md., City Manager Scott Ullery plans to retire effective Dec. 2, but it has nothing to do with a wet blanket over the mayor’s reelection campaign announcement last month.

    Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio’s campaign kickoff was interrupted when the fountain in Rockville Town Square – where her audience sat – shot plumes of water into the air, sending supporters and former mayors scrambling for cover, Rockville.Patch.com reported. Marcuccio tried to continue but soon gave up.

    Marcuccio said her sister arranged with City Hall to stop the fountain from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the evening of her announcement, but through some sort of misunderstanding or mistake, the water came back early and unexpectedly.

    After seven years as city manager, Ullery said his retirement has nothing to do with the mayor’s announcement or the waterworks at the event.

    ”The very first question I asked him was, ‘Scott, I hope this has nothing to do with me?’” Marcuccio said. ”He said, ‘Absolutely not.’”

    Marcuccio is being opposed in the November election by Rockville City Council member Piotr Gajewski, who announced his candidacy in the Rockville library without incident.