Circuit Rider

Circuit Rider Town Managers

MRDC supports 16 Towns with Circuit Rider Town Managers (CRTMs), representing nearly half of all Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Circuit Riders in the State of Maryland. The CRTMs provide administrative and management support to small, rural, incorporated Towns, with populations ranging from less than 100 to 2000 or more. CRTMS are responsible for a variety of roles that depend on the Towns’ needs. In some towns, the CRTM is the only non-elected person serving the Town and in others, the CRTM augments the Town’s staff. CRTMs may prepare reports and correspondence required by the State, such as providing information on the number of building permits issued or funds spent on road improvements. CRTMs are often called upon to draft the Town’s budget. This may require research and analysis to identify and quantify annual revenues and expenses. Ordinances and Resolutions are the laws and policies of every small Town and the Circuit Rider is often a key drafter of many of the Towns adopted legislation. CRTMs may seek out, complete applications, and manage grants to improve the Town’s infrastructure and quality of life for the residents. CRTMs also write newsletters and facilitate meetings. The CRTM job requires a variety of skills—public administration, strategic planning, financial management, communications, grant writing and organizational management, one or more to be called upon to support the goals and objectives of the Towns’ elected officials.

Meet the Circuit Riders


Audi Lebedda

Audi Lebedda

Audi Lebedda is coming up on her second year of being a Circuit Rider for Washington County this July! Every day brings something different with this job where one day Audi could be answering the phones and taking resident payments at town hall, to writing a grant for a new water project. Audi has many hats for the 3 municipalities that she works for; grant writing and finding funding for projects, answering the phone at town hall, taking payments for water/electric bills, handling social media and marketing, managing a town's website, finding sponsorship's for town events, putting on town events from as small as a town Christmas employee party to as big the Polar Bear Plunge. Audi enjoys how each day brings new challenges and opportunities to not only herself but the local towns that she helps on a daily basis.
Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds

My name is Mike Reynolds and I am a Circuit Rider supporting the Towns of New Windsor and Union Bridge located in Carroll County. The term “Circuit Rider” was given to clergy in the early frontier days, who would ride between towns on a geographical circuit to spread the good word to the people in their assigned communities. While I don’t spread the gospel like my early namesakes, I do ride between the two towns that I support to apply for, and administer, grants, manage projects and help the Towns and communities with anything where they may need support. I have administered grants for an inflow & infiltration study, community center upgrade, lead paint abatement, road improvements, refurbished a baseball field, refurbished a tot lot, and purchased a town truck. I have rehabbed a baseball diamond, processed many water/sewer payments, counted coins from parking meters and the list goes on and on. The assistance that we provide is a valuable resource for these small, rural towns and I feel appreciated for what I do, both from the communities that I support and by MRDC. I feel happy and fortunate to be part of the MRDC family. I currently live in Hanover, PA and originally come from White Sulphur Springs, WV. I have two children, Lauren (15) and Jeremy (18). Thanks for reading!
Jared Schumacher

Jared Schumacher

My name is Jared Schumacher and I am a circuit rider working with the Town of Sykesville in Carroll County. I have been with Sykesville for a year and a half. Typical duties of the Circuit Rider position can include preparing applications for federal and state loan/grant programs, liaison to commissions, project management, and program budgeting. I have been tasked with many current projects in town. Some of these include liaison to the Warfield development project (an envisioned mixed use development) and the Downtown Sykesville Connection, member of the budget review team, overseeing CIP projects, grant writing, and project manager to several grant funded projects. This position requires me to be able to multitask and be adaptable to the many situations that arrive in day-to-day local government work. I enjoy the challenge very much.