Martirano staying in government post

September 21, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Washington County Deputy Attorney John Martirano has decided against leaving his county government job to become the Washington County Board of Education's human resources director, surprising school system officials who thought he was set to start the human resources job soon.

Martirano, 38, of Smithsburg, was scheduled to start the school system job on Sept. 27 at a salary of about $90,000, Deputy Superintendent Patricia Abernethy said.

But Washington County, in a written release issued Monday, said the county made a counteroffer to Martirano and he decided to stay.


The Washington County Board of Education on Sept. 7 approved staff changes, including hiring Martirano.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said at the time she was excited that Martirano was coming to work for the school system, filling a vacancy left when Donald Francis, 47, resigned in June after three years in the job.

Martirano was not at that meeting, but said in a phone interview that night that he was looking forward to the new challenges facing him in the school system job.

Since then, the county commissioners offered to give Martirano additional responsibilities, but the specifics have not been worked out, he said. His salary will increase from $69,000 a year to about $90,000, county officials said.

Martirano said it was "humbling" to have the county government interested in having him stay on the job.

School Board President Edward Forrest said he was notified Monday that Martirano was not going to take the school board job.

"It is disappointing in that we need to have continuity in that department," Forrest said.

Abernethy said she was surprised and disappointed by Martirano's decision.

Martirano has worked for the county since 1999.

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