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Hagerstown Community Affairs Director resigns

Giffin takes job at Washington County Hospital

Giffin takes job at Washington County Hospital

May 14, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- After working the last 15 years for the City of Hagerstown, Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin announced her resignation Tuesday during a Hagerstown City Council work session.

Giffin, 44, said she accepted a position as special events and communications manager at Washington County Hospital. Her last day with the city will be June 6, she said.

"The city has been very good to me," Giffin said. "I enjoyed every opportunity they gave me. I enjoyed every mayor and administration I worked for."

During her tenure with the city, Giffin said she helped start several annual events, including Augustoberfest, Harvest Hoedown and the Western Maryland Blues Fest. She also was instrumental in getting Public Access Channel 6 up and running. Under her leadership, the Department of Community Affairs conducted about 116 events per year, Giffin said.

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Before she starts working at the hospital June 16, Giffin said she will take a brief vacation with her husband, John, and daughter, Megan, 8.

"It was an opportunity," Giffin said of her new job. "It will be an exciting new challenge."

During the work session, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and several members of the city council praised Giffin for her service to the city, saying she played a significant role in arranging Gov. Martin O'Malley's visit to Hagerstown last week.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said after the work session that Giffin would be missed. Giffin's charm and easy style went a long way to help market the city, Nigh said.

"Karen is something that is a necessity in that government - she is an asset," Nigh said. "We're losing a very important part."

Giffin said the city has not found someone to fill her position at this point.

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