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City will add special events position

December 10, 1997

City will add special events position

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

The City of Hagerstown will add a part-time position by March to help coordinate special events as part of a job restructuring at City Hall, officials said Tuesday.

The part-time position is expected to pay between $12,000 and $15,000 a year, said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin.

Duties will include organizing city services for events such as the Holly Fest, Back-To-School Expo, Miss Maryland Pageant, March of Dimes Walk and Longmeadow Fireworks, according to a memo from City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman to the mayor and City Council.

The job restructuring was proposed so more could be done to market Hagerstown as a good place to live and work, Zimmerman said.

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City officials said they will consider later whether the job needs to be full time.

As downtown coordinator, Giffin's duties include economic development for downtown, coordinating special events and marketing city programs.

Under the restructuring, Deborah Everhart in the Planning Department will be responsible for retaining businesses and helping business prospects city-wide, according to the memo. Everhart's duties already included economic development outside downtown and handling major zoning issues.

According to the memo, Giffin's new job description will include:

* Focusing on public information and marketing.

* Administering the city's new revolving loan fund and sign and facade programs, which are expected to start in January.

* Continuing to coordinate large special events.

The new part-time employee will assist Giffin, who already has one employee helping her part time.

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