Voters in the 1,800-resident community of Kensington on Monday selected John "Jack" Jones to replace three-term Mayor Charles Stuart, who has said he wants to travel and did not seek reelection.

Jones, who is in the middle of his first two-year term on the Town Council, got 161 votes to defeat three-term council member Anne Korff, who received 115 votes. Korff, whose council seat is not up for election this year, will retain her seat on the four-member council.

A third town resident, Cecelia Hollingsworth, had declared her candidacy for the mayoral post, which extends for two years, but her name was removed from consideration late last week after Kensington election officials discovered that her name did not appear on voter registration rolls.

A special election will be scheduled to fill Jones's council post.

Kensington's mayor receives $4,000 annually.

In the contest for two Town Council seats, James Wagner won election to a third term with 223 votes, and in her first political race in Kensington, Charlotte Jurasinski gained a spot with 195 votes. Jurasinski will replace Thomas Schruben, who did not seek reelection after a single two-year term. Spencer Harrill, also a first-time office seeker in Kensington, was defeated with 84 votes.

Council members are paid $4,000 a year.

Those elected will take office July 1.


Richard J. Hajewski assumed his duties this week as Rockville's new personnel director.

Hajewski, 43, will earn $56,705 a year in the post. Previously, since 1985, he was director of the Baltimore Housing Authority.

Rockville officials said that while Hajewski was in Baltimore, he helped introduce an HMO-type health insurance plan that cut costs for the housing authority and established a seminar program to inform employees of their retirement benefits.

Hajewski replaces Cecil Keene, who resigned in January after nearly two years in the post.

In other news, creditors have filed for foreclosure on the Rockville Metro Center Mall, and the city could lose at least $1 million in unpaid back rent on the mall's garage. {See related article in today's Maryland Weekly.}