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Crime program director appointed

January 30, 1998

A coordinator was chosen Friday for Washington County's HotSpot Communities Initiative, which will target crime in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street area.

The name of the coordinator, who was chosen from among five finalists, won't be announced until Tuesday, according to Charles R. Messmer, director of the Washington County Detention Center's Jail Substance Abuse Program.

Messmer was one of eight panelists, including Hagerstown Police Chief Dale J. Jones, who made the decision during a meeting Friday morning. The new coordinator was among 30 applicants for the job, Messmer said.

The announcement is being delayed because the new coordinator hasn't yet been notified of the panel's decision, he said.

The HotSpot program focuses on crime prevention and includes police, parole agents, after-school programs and other crime prevention programs. The hot spot is an area bounded by Bethel and Antietam streets and North Walnut and North Potomac streets.

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The budget for the coordinator's position is between $40,000 and $45,000. That includes salary and perhaps benefits and operating expenses, Messmer said.

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