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City planner quits

January 29, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

A Hagerstown Planning Department planner is resigning to take a job in Virginia, a move that will delay part of a department reorganization announced earlier this month.

Megan Gedney said Tuesday she applied for the job in September, prior to the plans being made for the department's reorganization.

As part of the changes announced Jan. 17, a planner position held by Gedney would be upgraded and reconfigured to development planner and zoning administrator.

But Gedney is leaving Hagers-town to take a job as a planner for the City of Leesburg, Va., which has a population of 32,000. Her last day with the city is Feb. 14.

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Tuesday was her one-year anniversary with the city.

She is leaving so she can be closer to friends and family in Virginia, she said.

The city was advertising a vacant planning position and is now advertising Gedney's position as well, Planning Director Kathy Maher said.

As part of the reorganization, Deborah Everhart - a zoning administrator, a development planner and the city economic development coordinator - was going to leave the department Feb. 1 to create a new Office of Economic Development and act as its director.

That change is now on hold until the city fills at least one of the positions, Maher said.

Maher was named planning director in early December to replace Ric Kautz, who retired in July 2002.

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