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Tenure of water and sewer department chief ends

September 17, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN

As of Thursday, David Shindle, manager of the Hagerstown Water and Sewer Department since March 2003, no longer holds that position.

"His employment ended last evening," Donna Messina, the city's human resources director, said Friday.

The exact nature of how and why Shindle's employment ended wasn't known Friday night.

Messages left on Shindle's telephone were not returned Friday. Calls to Hagerstown Mayor Richard F. Trump and Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman also were not returned.

Reached at home, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Friday night that he couldn't comment.

"It is a personnel matter," Metzner said.

Messina said Assistant Manager Chris Bordlemay has been named acting manager.

"I plan to continue the improvement program and make sure we are in compliance," Bordlemay said Friday.

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A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Bordlemay, 37, is an environmental scientist.

The manager position might not be filled for several months, but Messina added, "We do have a staff of people with years of experience. We are very confident that operations will go on smoothly."

In July, a letter written to the Maryland Department of the Environment by Shindle - and prompted by Trump - became an issue when the Hagerstown City Council learned of the letter only after it had been sent, according to published reports.

In the July 7 letter, Shindle asked for an exemption to new restrictions placed on the city due to violations at the city's sewage treatment plant. The restrictions would prevent Washington County Hospital from being built if they weren't lifted, according to published reports.

Shindle was hired in February 1989, according to city records. He was appointed manager of Hagerstown Water Pollution Control in July 2002 after serving as the department's water department engineer.

Messina said Shindle's salary was $81,120.

Staff writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this story.

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