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Williamsport superintendent is dismissed

December 03, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - The town has dismissed its longtime superintendent, who oversaw public works, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Friday.

Jeff Long, who had worked for the town for at least 10 years, was dismissed from his job effective Wednesday morning, McCleaf said, responding to a reporter's question about Long's employment.

McCleaf would not talk about the reason for Long's dismissal.

The Williamsport Town Council and McCleaf talked about Long during an executive session on Tuesday.

Under Maryland law, public bodies may - but are not required to - talk privately about certain topics, including the work of a specific employee.

Although the mayor may hire and fire employees on his own, McCleaf said he consulted with the council.

Long couldn't be reached for comment Friday night. His phone number had been disconnected.

McCleaf said Long's 2004 salary was about $45,000. Including benefits, his total town compensation was worth about $70,000, he said.

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As superintendent, Long managed the town's public works department.

McCleaf said the town will not hire someone to replace Long. His duties will be shifted to longtime public works employee Les Guessford, McCleaf said.

Guessford, who will spend more time in the field than Long did, will not be paid extra, McCleaf said.

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