HotSpot director to be named today

January 30, 1998


Staff Writer

An eight-person panel is expected today to select someone to coordinate Washington County's crime prevention efforts in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street area.

State and federal funds totaling $221,000 have been awarded to the county to target crime as part of the HotSpot Communities Initiative.

The program, which includes more police, parole and prevention agents, after-school programs and other prevention elements, will focus on an area bounded by Bethel and Antietam streets and North Walnut and North Potomac streets.


County leaders have been searching for someone to coordinate those efforts. Five finalists were selected from about 30 applicants.

"The applicants look real good," said Charles R. Messmer, director of the Jail Substance Abuse Program. "I think we have five good finalists, at least on paper."

Messmer, the county's point man on the hot spot program, said he hopes to have a coordinator in place as soon as possible.

The budget for the position is between $40,000 and $45,000 per year.

That includes salary and perhaps benefits and operating expenses, Messmer said.

The interview panel includes Messmer, Police Chief Dale J. Jones, a member of a neighborhood organization and several other officials involved with various aspects of the community's hot spot program.

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