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PenMar Executive Director Fletcher leaves post

June 01, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The executive director of PenMar Development Corp., George W. Fletcher, has left the position less than three months after he was hired.

PenMar Board President Brett Wilson on Friday refused to say whether Fletcher was laid off or resigned or to give other terms of his departure.

Wilson's only comment was, "The board decided to go in another direction."

Fletcher's last day was Wednesday, Wilson said.

Fletcher, of Upperco, Md., was appointed Feb. 26 and started work March 4.

Fletcher was the third executive director for the organization, which was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1997 to redevelop the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base for business use. Some 2,000 jobs were lost when Fort Ritchie closed in September 1998.

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Fletcher had worked for Procter & Gamble at Hunt Valley, Md., as a corporate realty manager since 1996. Prior employers include Westinghouse Electric Corp.

He was selected from among at least 35 other candidates for the position.

Fletcher filled the vacancy left by James LaFleur's resignation in September 2001.

LaFleur was promoted from deputy director to executive director in February 1999, when PenMar's first executive director, Robert Sweeney, resigned.

Fletcher could not be reached for comment Friday.

Wilson said a search committee will be established to find a new executive director.

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