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Smith named new rink chief

October 02, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Smith named new rink chief



Deborah Smith, the newest executive director of the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, is familiar with the rink. She and her daughter skate there.

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The Washington County Sports Foundation selected Smith, of Hagerstown, Wednesday and announced her hiring Friday. She was one of three finalists.

Her first day will be Oct. 10.

"She's bubbly, she's enthusiastic, she's smiling, she's upbeat," said Beverly Kornides, past president of the Sports Foundation's board of directors.

Smith did not return a call for comment Monday.

In August, the Sports Foundation chose Gavin Regan of Potsdam, N.Y., to be executive director. He decided not to take the job, however.

Regan said in September he was concerned that the rink depends on an annual subsidy from the city, which owns it. Kornides had said he wanted higher pay.

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The salary is $34,000. Kornides said she had Smith sign a "letter of interest," as proof Smith knows the salary, benefits and job description.

The rink opened in August 1997. Smith will be the sixth executive director or interim manager, not including Regan.

Since Jamie Shyda stepped down as executive director in March, Carl F. Langford, the rink's general manager, has filled in.

Smith is leaving a job as resident services coordinator at Outlook Pointe at Hagerstown, an assisted living center, to oversee the rink's operations.

Smith also has worked for Villa St. Michael, an assisted living center, and for the YMCA in Frederick, Md.

In 1992, she received a bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure administration, with an emphasis in community recreation, from York College in York, Pa., according to her rsum.

Jonathan Deckert, who took over as president of the Sports Foundation board on Sept. 1, said he was impressed by Smith. "She has an obvious compassion for the ice rink itself," he said.

Deckert said marketing the rink as a fun place for families will be a priority for Smith and the Sports Foundation board.

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