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Five finalists in running for Chamber of Commerce post

May 25, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The search for a new Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce president has been narrowed from more than 100 applicants to five finalists, a Chamber official said Monday.

Search Committee Chairman Ed Lough said Chamber officials hope to select a new president by mid-June, a little earlier than the July 1 deadline they set.

Four of the five finalists have been interviewed, Lough said. He would not identify them, but said three are men and two are women.

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Two of the five finalists live in Washington County, Lough said. The others live in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Allegany County, Md., and Arizona.

A final decision on which candidates will come back for a second round of interviews hasn't been made, but Lough said the preliminary thought is that the two Washington County residents will be brought back for interviews. One is a man and one is a woman. One works in Northern Virginia and the other worked in Washington County before working in Frederick County, Md.

Criteria for the job includes living in Washington County or no further than 25 miles from Hagerstown, with a preference toward living in the county, Lough said.

Fred K. Teeter Jr., who stepped down as president April 30 after 14 years with the Chamber, lives in Uniontown, Md., in Carroll County.

It would be nice to have someone who lives in Washington County who would be here on weekends, Lough said. Living close to work also would be handier, he said.

Chamber officials also are looking for someone to help develop new businesses and give them what they need to succeed, and a leader who will help the Chamber take more political stances concerning local and state business issues, Lough said.

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