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letters to the editor - 4/6

April 08, 2002

Humane Society does have good leadership


To the editor:

This letter responds to the "leadership" concerns raised in Christine Clark's recent letter. The Humane Society of Washington County board of directors, executive director, and staff have accomplished much in the past several years.

Recent changes for the society include the following: With the strong efforts of the Washington County Commissioners, the society has its first long-term contract with the county, ensuring consistent support and stability for the organization. The county commissioners, recognizing the public health and safety concerns that the society addresses, also committed to help fund a portion of a new building.

County support, however, was only part of the funding necessary for the new building. The society's board engaged in a capital campaign and through generous community support, the necessary funds were raised to move our animals from a small, derelict building to a facility where the community's animals can receive proper care.

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Under the watchful eye of key board members and Maria Procopio, our executive director, the building actually was under budget, thus saving both taxpayer and humane society funds. Management of any construction project involves an enormous time investment, and therefore the board decided to delay our newsletter and forward a piece about the new facility around the time of the grand opening in May.

Moving to the new building has brought challenges, but the staff and animals are settling in. Holding the grand opening in May is giving the staff necessary transition time and has afforded the time to complete landscaping and equipment purchases.

Indeed, staff turnover and morale are long-term concerns that every animal shelter in the country consistently grapples with and Washington County is no exception. Working in an animal shelter is hard. It involves dealing with the public, and is also extremely physically demanding and emotionally draining. It's a profession in which staff deals with all aspects of the life cycle, from birth to death. The humane society staff strives every day to educate the public about animal care and spaying/neutering, so that we can achieve our vision of being a "no kill" shelter.

Although we are grateful for a very strong group of caring citizens who have supported the shelter and our mission, both by their example and with their pocketbooks, until our community, as a whole, evolves further in the care of our community's animals, our staff has the challenge of dealing with the sad consequence of too many unwanted pets.

The society shelters more than 4,000 animals in a year and there are bound to be challenges and problems at times. However, we are grateful that our adoption rates are increasing, our euthanasia rates are decreasing, and our community support continues to be strong. We encourage the community's comments, questions and concerns. Please feel free to write to Tracey Bowman, c/o The Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Maugansville, MD 21767. We invite you to join us. Visit the new shelter, adopt a pet, offer any assistance possible, and help us continue to care for the community's animals.

Tracey D. Bowman, President

Dana Moylan, Esquire

Vice President

Randy A. Rachor, CPA

Treasurer

Sandra L. Glessner, Secretary




Commission had an agenda in disbarring Snyder


To the editor:

Following up with the front-page story regarding the disbarment of Chip Snyder, as Paul Harvey says "and here's the rest of the story" I would like to refute some of the findings of the Attorney Grievance Commission.

As the reinstated administrator of the successor firm after the dissolution of Snyder & Poole, I have personal knowledge of the facts of many of the findings of the commission. I testified at the hearings and apparently my testimony was powerless.

As to the finding of how some payments were not returned to clients, I can tell you that every client requesting a refund, whether on their own or sent our way by other attorneys requesting refunds, were fully reimbursed all money owed to them. I provided all my supporting documentation to the Commission to support this fact.

Furthermore, there was not one attorney who did not receive full compensation for work performed while in the employment of Snyder & Poole. Again, I maintained all records and bookkeeping records to support this fact as well.

As to the finding about the 401(k) funds, people should know that Chip Snyder forfeited his 401(k) funds so that every employee received in full the funds they contributed in the 401(k) plan. After the accountants disbursed all 401(k) funds to all the employees, Chip Snyder received zero 401(k) funds.

As noted in the newspaper article dated March 12, in 1996 Snyder did receive a private reprimand for failing to make timely deposits into the 401(k) account.

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