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Ice rink director quits

September 19, 2000

Ice rink director quits



By ANDREW SCHOTZ and DAN KULIN / Staff Writers


The operators of Hagerstown's ice rink are searching again for an executive director.

The most recent candidate, Gavin Regan of Potsdam, N.Y., didn't spend a day on the job before he and rink officials parted ways. But the answer to why Regan isn't coming to Hagerstown depends on who you ask.

Beverly Kornides, former president of the board of the Washington County Sports Foundation, which runs the rink, said Tuesday Regan didn't show up for his first day of work and then asked for a much higher salary. The position pays $34,000.

Regan said Tuesday that he had a tentative first day of work but it was contingent on finalizing and signing a contract, which was never signed.

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Regan said foundation members informed him they would seek a different executive director after he sent them a list of concerns. Regan said he was willing to work for $34,000 the first year but wanted to see the rink's financial records, and was concerned the rink depends on an annual subsidy from the city, which owns the rink.

Also, Regan said he thought his primary duty would be to bring a second sheet of ice to the rink. But comments made by Kornides indicated otherwise.

Kornides said Regan was not supposed to work toward opening a second sheet of ice.

Kornides said there was never any intention or expectation that Regan would have a written contract.

Kornides said Regan asked for a much higher salary, but would not say how much he wanted.

The search for a new executive director already has begun.

Kornides said when the foundation's board of directors meets Wednesday, it is expected to interview three finalists and may offer the job to one of them. Kornides said two candidates are from Washington County and one is from Florida.

Kornides issued a one-sentence press release Tuesday about the executive director position being open again. She said "the public should know" because of the previous publicity over Regan's hiring.

Regan would have been the sixth person to serve as executive director or interim manager of the ice rink since it opened in August 1997.

"It does become frustrating, but beyond that, it's disappointing," Kornides said.

Regan said he had planned to sell his share in a stock brokerage firm to take the Hagerstown job.

For the past six years, he has been a national director for USA Hockey, a national governing body, he said.

Carl F. Langford, the rink's general manager, has been filling in since Jamie Shyda resigned as executive director in March for a job at Hagerstown Community College.

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