Murray picked to replace Shoop

February 21, 2007|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN - The director of the Washington County Department of Water Quality will become the county's top staff member.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday chose Gregory B. Murray as county administrator during a meeting that was closed to the public.

Commissioner William J. Wivell said by phone Tuesday night that the commissioners will make the selection official next Tuesday in open session.

Murray, who lives in the Smithsburg area, will replace retiring County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop.

Shoop announced his retirement in September but agreed to stay in the position until the commissioners hired a new administrator. He has been the county administrator for 12 years.


The commissioners haven't decided when Murray's role as county administrator will take effect, Wivell said. Shoop won't be working for the county past March 15, he said.

The commissioners also haven't decided on Murray's salary, but it won't exceed Shoop's salary of $110,000, Wivell said.

A written statement from the commissioners described Murray as a dedicated employee and lifelong county resident. The commissioners said in the statement that they were impressed with his extensive resume.

He has 24 years in public administration and oversees the Water Quality Department's $205 million in assets.

"He has an extensive knowledge of the County's infrastructure needs, planning and regulatory issues, and shares a good working relationship with many of the County's departments, community organizations and businesses and the various municipalities," according to the statement.

Murray was not available for comment Tuesday.

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