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Budesky leaves county for city job

June 14, 2002

scottb@herald-mail.com

John Budesky, the executive director of the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families, said Thursday he is leaving county government to take a job with the city of Hagerstown as the director of administrative services.

The county government group, created by the state, obtains government grants to fund programs to help local residents.

Budesky, 30, has worked for Washington County since October 1997. His annual salary is $50,239.

Assistant Director Stephanie Stone has been appointed interim director.

Budesky will start the job with the city July 22. His salary will be $60,195, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

When City Purchasing Manager G. David White retired in late March, the city decided to merge the purchasing manager position and the vacant project coordinator position into the new administrative services position, saving the city about $52,000, Zimmerman said.

The Washington County government began handling nonconstruction bids for purchases of more than $25,000 for Hagerstown in April.

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Budesky's duties will include overseeing insurance, purchases under $25,000 and serving as the lead staff negotiator in collective bargaining with labor unions.

Budesky said it has been his long-term goal to get a job in city or county government administration.

"Administrative positions in government do not open often," he said.

He said he looks forward to the new job because he will learn new skills and gain new experiences.

Zimmerman chose Budesky for the position and asked the Hagerstown City Council, in closed session Tuesday, for its concurrence, which it gave, Mayor William Breichner said.

The city selected Budesky based on his experience in local governments and his knowledge of the community, Zimmerman said

"He brings a real nice mix of skills and experience that tie in well with this position..." Zimmerman said.

"This is a tremendous loss to the county," County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Thursday. "He has brought lots of youthful energy to that position and has been very successful in obtaining grants from the state to improve our various social services to children and family."

"It is a real good gain for the city of Hagerstown," Shoop said.

The county department, previously known as the Local Management Board, works to ensure the needs of local agencies are met with funding or technical assistance, Budesky said.

"We're really going to miss him" County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said. "He has brought that program a long way to where it's become a model for the state."

Budesky, a Pittsburgh native, has a degree in psychology with minors in sociology and criminal justice from Edinborough University in Erie, Pa.

Budesky is a certified addictions counselor and national prevention and Character Counts trainer. He has completed the Human Services Management program at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

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