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Snook attends his last MACO conference

August 31, 2006

Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook attended what likely was his last Maryland Association of Counties conference recently in Ocean City, Md.

Snook, a commissioner for 16 years, is not running for re-election.

Hundreds of officials from 23 counties attended the conference.

"It's a very educational event, and important for county leaders to learn about what is happening throughout the state," Snook said.

The gathering helps officials from across Maryland learn more about issues facing their counties such as growth, corrections and open meetings.

"For the past 16 years, I have looked forward to getting together with representatives from other counties to hear about issues that we all are facing," Snook said. "The seminars include experts leading very helpful discussions."

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Snook, who was to have been MACO's president next year and whose father, Marty, was a longtime commissioner, described his own attendance this year as "a bittersweet time."

"Comptroller William Schaefer took me aside on Friday and wished me all the best, saying that there has always been a Snook from Washington County at these MACO conferences," Snook said. "I was sincerely touched at his kind words."

Well-wishers also included Gov. Robert Ehrlich and other officials from throughout the state.

The Washington County display at this year's gathering was organized and staffed by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We are very pleased at being involved this year," CVB President Tom Riford said.

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