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EDC director may be named soon

April 22, 1997

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

The Washington County Commissioners could hire a new director for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission in the next few weeks, four commissioners said Monday.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Commissioner R. Lee Downey said the EDC board and the commissioners planned to meet jointly to discuss one or two candidates in the next week or two.

"Based on those meetings we'll hopefully make a decision," Snook said.

"That will come to a closure soon," said County Commissioners Vice President John S. Shank.

"It's moving forward," said Commissioner James R. Wade.

The EDC board of directors has had preliminary interviews with candidates.

EDC member Suzanne Hayes said she didn't know how long it would take to hire a director. "The interview process grinds on," she said.

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Hayes said the difficulty of scheduling times when the board members and candidates can meet or have telephone interviews has caused delays.

"This is why conducting the public's business is such a challenge, because you do everything by committee. A CEO in private business would have picked one by now. I understand how frustrating it is for the community."

Hayes said more than two dozen people applied for the position.

The position of EDC director has been vacant since the fall of 1995 when the County Commissioners removed Richard B. Palmer as director after less than a year on the job.

Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers could not be reached.

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