By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The only director in the seven-year history of the Washington County Mental Health Authority was dismissed from his job Sept. 12, officials said.
The board of directors notified Leon Bayless that he was terminated effective immediately, said the Rev. Andrew Cooney, board president.
The decision to remove Bayless, 54, of Hagerstown, was unanimous by the eight-member board, Cooney said.
Cooney said the board had decided not to comment publicly on its reasons for dismissing Bayless.
"I'm happy to be a private citizen at this point," Bayless said. "I agreed with the board that it was time for me to move on to some other things and that it was time for them to seek new leadership."
Bayless said he was worn out from his seven hears in the post. After what he called a much-needed vacation, he plans to return to private consulting, grant writing and fund-raising work.