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Murray appointed county administrator

February 27, 2007|By TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN

Gregory B. Murray worked his first official day as county administrator Tuesday, the day the County Commissioners publicly appointed him to the position.

Murray, 46, most recently was the county's director of the Department of Water Quality.

He replaces Rodney M. Shoop as the county's top staffer. Shoop announced his retirement in September.

Commissioner William J. Wivell made the motion to appoint Murray, which received a second from Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire. There were no dissenting votes.

Acting Human Resources Director Dee Hawbaker said, as of Tuesday afternoon, she did not know how much Murray will be paid in his new role.

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Wivell said last week that his salary would not exceed $110,000, but that the commissioners still had to set the exact amount.

The commissioners agreed in a closed-door meeting last week to appoint Murray and made the action official in a public meting Tuesday.

Murray, who has nearly 25 years of experience in public administration, thanked the commissioners for the appointment and the opportunity to "move up through the ranks" of county government.

He began working for the Washington County Sanitary District in the early 1980s, and a short time later became the laboratory director. He was hired as supervisor of facilities for the Sanitary District from 1989 to 1994, according to a written statement from the county.

He worked as the director of utilities and public works for the Town of Hancock from 1994 to 1997, and became the county's director of the Water and Sewer Department in 1997, according to the statement. The department is now known as the Department of Water Quality.

Murray said he's looking forward to working with the county's 667 full-time employees.

Also Tuesday, the commissioners appointed Gary Rohrer as director of special projects. He had been the director of public works.

They appointed Joseph Kroboth as director of public works. He had been the deputy director of public works.

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