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City clarifies appointment process

June 15, 1999

From now on the appointment of any acting or interim department head for Hagerstown's city government will require the consensus of the City Council members, according to a policy informally approved by council members Tuesday.

This would make the process for appointing a temporary department head the same as it is for a permanent department head appointment.

Council members could vote to formally adopt the policy during their June 22 meeting.

Requests for such a policy were made in light of the recent departure of former Police Chief Dale J. Jones and the subsequent appointment of Police Capt. Robert Hart as interim chief.

Prior to Hart's appointment there was some debate among the mayor and council members as to how interim department heads are chosen.

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City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said that before he made Hart interim chief he consulted the mayor and each council member to make sure he had the authority to make the appointment.

Zimmerman said the proposed policy clarifies the appointment process.

- Dan Kulin

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