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EDC losing 2 employees

April 24, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's marketing director and its administrator say they are leaving their jobs, but for different reasons.

Tom Riford, the commission's marketing director, is leaving to become a chief operating officer of Register-Free, a Hagerstown-based subsidiary of Name Engine Inc, an Internet domain name registration company based in New York City. His last day with the county is May 5.

Meanwhile, Corey Stottlemyer, the commission administrator, is leaving the county job in July to pursue a master's degree at Johns Hopkins University.

Stottlemyer said he was born and raised in Washington County and may return here after graduation.

He and Riford were surprised last week when each announced his plans, he said.

Both started work with the county in the fall of 1998 following a commission reorganization, Economic Development Commission Director John Howard said. Both did a great job, he said.

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"I am extremely proud that this new organization has achieved what it has in its year and a half together," he said.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said, "They have really brought that department up to a high professional standard and we are going to miss them both."

Riford said he is excited about his new job and pleased with the work he did with the commission.

"I was very glad to have been able to help existing companies expand in Washington County, and help to attract companies to the community. Some of the activities that I was involved in included helping promote Hagerstown and Washington County to the world," he said.

"I am fortunate that my new position allows me to stay in the area, and I will continue to be involved in community-related activities," he said.

"This new position is a terrific opportunity for me. I look forward to the challenge. Name Engine and Register Free are both rapidly growing companies," he said.

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