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County's new administrator will not be his wife's supervisor

February 22, 2007|by TARA REILLY

The new Washington County administrator said Wednesday that he will not have supervisory duties over his wife, who is the county's director of budget and finance.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday unofficially named Gregory B. Murray, 46, as county administrator. The commissioners will formally appoint Murray to the post at their meeting Tuesday.

Murray is the director of the county's Department of Water Quality.

He is the husband of the county's budget and finance director, Debra Murray.

Commissioners President John F. Barr said Wednesday that Debra Murray will report directly to the commissioners.

Barr said the commissioners discussed the situation at length.

The Maryland Code of Public Laws for Washington County states that the budget and finance director reports to the commissioners, Gregory Murray said. He will not have any supervisory duties over his wife and will not be responsible for her work evaluations.

"That's all been addressed way up front," Murray said. "That's not even an issue."

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"At home (she's) my wife," he said. "We're not married at work."

Murray replaces retiring County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop.

Barr said Shoop's last day is March 14.

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