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MCEA president named

November 04, 1999

A Smithsburg woman has been named president of the Maryland Classified Employees Association.

Delegates to MCEA's convention in Ocean City, Md., last week chose Ruth Ann Ogle, 44, to the post.

During her two-year term, Ogle will chair a 21-member board of directors and serve as the spokesperson for MCEA, the largest independent labor organization for Maryland public employees.

Ogle, a 16-year state employee, works as a correctional case management specialist at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown.

She chaired a task force to stop legislation that would have required state employees to pay mandatory service fees to collective bargaining agents.

"The past year has been rocky for MCEA. But we are optimistic that things are moving in the right direction for MCEA," Ogle said in a prepared statement.

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As president, Ogle plans to continue to monitor legislation affecting public employees, forge relationships with legislative leaders and expand MCEA's rolls to include municipal workers.

Ogle is a member of Women At The Table, a Washington County organization that supports women running for public office.

- Laura Ernde

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