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Washington County emergency head resigns

December 05, 2007|JOSHUA BOWMAN

After 16 years in public service, Washington County Emergency Services Director John A. Latimer IV is returning to the private sector.

Latimer resigned Monday from the county's top emergency services post to take a full-time job with his family's masonry firm, Gruber-Latimer Restorations LLC.

He said he decided to return to the firm, where was employed part time when he worked as a Long Meadow firefighter, for the "growth opportunities" it offered.

"I am leaving the county with a heavy heart, but I've got a really good opportunity," Latimer said.

Latimer will work on the management team of the firm, which has done historic restoration at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield and Shepherd University.

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Latimer has been the county's emergency services director since Nov. 2005. Before that, he worked for the Hagerstown City Fire Department and the Long Meadow Fire Co., serving as that company's chief from 2000 to 2005 while also working there as a volunteer.

Latimer said he will continue to work for Long Meadow Fire Co. as a volunteer when he steps down from the director position.

His final day as emergency services director will be Jan. 2, 2008.

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