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County hires new HR director

September 11, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Commissioners hired a Cumberland, Md., native as the county's human resources director, a position that had been vacant for six months, officials said Wednesday.

David W. Hankinson, 49, will begin his new duties on Sept. 29 at a salary of $62,500 a year. He replaces former Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis, who retired in March. Davis' salary was $79,667 a year.

Before his retirement, Davis had been on paid leave from Feb. 25 through March 18, County Attorney Richard Douglas has said.

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The County Commissioners chose Hankinson from a pool of 38 applicants. County officials interviewed nine applicants.

Hankinson, who has 23 years of experience in the field, most recently worked as the human resources manager for Essroc Cement in Martinsburg, W.Va., according to a written county statement.

He has a master of science degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University and a master's in business administration and a bachelor of science degree from Frostburg State University.

Hankinson, who lives in Hagerstown with his wife, Donna, has been acknowledged as a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resources Management.

Hankinson has held management positions in human resources in Hagerstown and Chula Vista, Calif., with Goodrich Aerospace; in Chambersburg, Pa., with the James River Corp.; and in Newport News, Va., with Newport News Shipbuilding, the written statement says.

He worked for 12 years in the human resources field at the Mack Trucks' plant north of Hagerstown.

"I am anxious to apply what I have learned over my 23 years in human resources management to the county's challenging position," Hankinson said in a written statement.

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