Sager lands job with state agency

September 18, 1997


Staff Writer

Former Hagerstown mayor Steven T. Sager started a new job Wednesday after having most of the summer off following his defeat in last spring's general election.

Sager has a contractual job as a senior development officer with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, said Sue Gregson, chief of staff.

The employment contract expires June 30, 1998, at which time department officials will decide whether to renew the contract, Gregson said.


Sager will be paid about $31,000, she said.

He will work on statewide and Western Maryland programs, she said.

Gregson said Sager will assist nonprofit groups and small businesses applying for state funding through programs such as the Maryland Business Development Program. His job will include helping those groups develop their projects.

Sager also will present training programs to revitalization, business and municipal groups, Gregson said.

Gregson said Sager got the job because of his interest in revitalization and downtown development. His experience as the mayor of a small city for 12 years also helped, she said.

"We were glad to get someone of his caliber," Gregson said.

Sager was defeated by Republican Robert E. Bruchey II in last May's general election. He said he has spent much of the summer resting and reflecting.

During his last term in office, Sager made $24,000 a year.

Sager said he was excited about starting the job.

"This was essentially the field I've been in since college," Sager said.

Downtown and neighborhood revitalization are his first love, he said.

"I like towns and cities and neighborhoods in the traditional sense. I don't like to see them in a state of decline," Sager said.

Sager said it's conceivable he could come before Bruchey and council members to talk about revitalization. He probably will work with several city employees as well, he said.

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