HAGERSTOWN - Three years after hiring Joseph T. Ruzicka as director of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the museum's board of trustees decided this week it would not extend his contract, according to board Vice President Thomas C. Newcomer.
Newcomer said the board reached its decision Wednesday. Ruzicka confirmed Thursday that Wednesday was his last day at the museum.
"The board and I agreed that our visions for the future had diverged at some point," he said, "and it would be best for everyone if I moved on."
"I'm very proud of everything the board and I have done in the past three years" to enhance the museum's presence in the community, he said. He declined to elaborate on the differences between himself and the museum's board.
Newcomer said "there were a variety of different things that (the board) looked at" in reaching its decision.
The board's executive committee met Thursday to discuss an interim policy, Newcomer said.