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County Human Resources boss exits position

March 25, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Washington County Attorney Richard Douglas said Monday that the county and longtime Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis have parted ways.

Douglas said he couldn't comment on why Davis was no longer a county employee, but when asked, he said Davis did not quit.

Davis, as the county's Human Resources director, earned $79,667 a year. He was on paid leave from Feb. 27 through last week.

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Douglas declined to pinpoint Davis' last day with the county.

Davis could not be reached for comment Monday night.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Vice President William J. Wivell said they had not yet been informed by county staff members of Davis' departure from the county job.

Both said they expected to hear more about the situation today after they speak with staff members.

"I haven't heard the official word on that one yet," Wivell said.

Snook said he would comment today.

"I'll be sure to let you know," Snook said.

Commissioner James F. Kercheval said he wasn't sure of when Davis' employment with the county ended. He said he missed a county meeting on Thursday at which Davis' employment might have been discussed.

Kercheval said the county did not make any special departure deals with Davis.

"It was just a personnel decision ... just like we do from time to time," Kercheval said.

Commissioner Doris J. Nipps confirmed that Davis was no longer an employee but declined to comment further.

"I don't know exactly what day he might have found out," Nipps said.

Commissioner John C. Munson declined to comment Monday, but said he might make a statement on the matter soon.

Davis was hired by the county in 1981.

In 1997, Davis was the subject of controversy after it was made public that two of his relatives had been employed by the county in an apparent violation of an anti-nepotism policy that he helped to write.

Davis' sister and brother-in-law were hired in 1992 and 1993.

The policy prohibited county supervisors "from attempting to influence the hiring of or recommending the employment of relatives."

Davis had a letter of reprimand placed in his personnel file for the violations in 1995, but the commissioners later removed the letter from his file.

Also in 1997, Davis was one of three top county officials to go to The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., with tickets provided by a county contractor. Snook and County Administrator Rodney Shoop accompanied Davis on the trip.

The county's Ethics Commission later said that, while the move wasn't a good idea, it did not violate the county's ethics ordinance.

During his tenure, Davis supported proposals to increase pay for county employees.

In 1999, he supported using pension fund money to give the county's more than 500 full-time employees one-time bonuses ranging from $750 to $1,250. The commissioners unanimously approved the proposal.

He recommended in 1999 that the county give employees an 8 percent raise, which was reduced to 5 percent by the commissioners.

In 1985, Davis received the National Achievement Award given by the National Association of Counties. He won the award after coming up with a program to keep health insurance benefits affordable while saving tax dollars.

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