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County Human Resources Director Alan Davis retires

Davis, who worked for the county for 22 years, had been on paid leave from Feb.25 through March 18.

Davis, who worked for the county for 22 years, had been on paid leave from Feb.25 through March 18.

March 26, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Washington County's former Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis retired on Tuesday, according to a written statement issued by the county.

Davis' retirement date is effective April 1, but County Attorney Richard Douglas said Davis is no longer a county employee and is no longer being paid.

Davis, 47, had been on paid leave from Feb. 25 through March 18, Douglas said.

County spokesman Norman Bassett said Davis, who has worked for the county for 22 years, is eligible for early retirement. Bassett said Davis served in the military for three years and that those years count toward his county retirement.

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Davis will not be paid through his retirement date, Bassett said.

Douglas said Davis received a retirement package based on his years of employment with the county and a continuation of health insurance benefits.

Douglas said he thinks Davis' health benefits are good for up to three years.

Davis did not receive a severance package from the county, but he was able to apply unused sick time to his retirement package as outlined in county policy, Douglas said.

Douglas said he could not reveal how much Davis' unused sick time was worth, because it is part of his retirement record.

Retirement records are confidential under Maryland's Open Records Act, Douglas said.

Douglas also thinks Davis received a payment for unused vacation time, but that he had to research whether that payment can be released to the public.

Davis was hired as the county's Human Resources director in 1981. He earned $79,667 a year.

Douglas said it was too early to tell when the Human Resources director position would be advertised.

He has said that all Human Resources concerns from the public or employees should be directed to Assistant Human Resources Director Dee Hawbaker.

The county stated in its written statement that under Davis' tenure, the employee retirement plan was fully funded, employee incentive plans were implemented and comprehensive safety and training programs were put into place.

Davis earned his certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and as an International Public Management Association-Certified Professional, according to the statement.

He was recently recognized by the County Commissioners for graduating from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance of the Maryland Association of Counties and the University of Maryland, according to the release.

Davis did not respond to two messages left on his answering machine Tuesday.

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