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Former EDC director seeks top PenMar job

August 06, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

John Howard, who retired earlier this year as executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, has applied for the vacant position of PenMar Development Corp. executive director.

The county announced Howard's retirement on June 11. He had been on paid administrative leave since late March. He worked for the county for about five years.

Howard has said he voluntarily retired and went on leave while he tried to decide what to do next with his career.

Howard refused Monday to comment on his application for the PenMar position.

Washington County Commissioners Paul L. Swartz and William J. Wivell said they encouraged Howard to apply for the job after he retired from the county post. Wivell is on the PenMar Board of Directors.

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PenMar Board Chairman Brett Wilson said he did not know how many have applied for the PenMar position. He said the last time the post was vacant there were 35 applicants. There is no current deadline by which applicants must apply, he said.

The PenMar board will recommend to the county who the next executive director will be and the County Commissioners will vote on that recommendation, Wilson said.

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