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City can't let Giffin go

May 24, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin on Friday said she has withdrawn her resignation and will continue to work for the city.

Giffin said several city officials approached her with a counteroffer that would reduce her hours and increase her pay.

Giffin had taken a job as special events and communications manager at Washington County Hospital and was to begin June 16.

"I was honored and overwhelmed by the action that was taken by the mayor, the council and the city administrator," said Giffin, who has been employed by the city for 16 years. "I did not expect that."

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the city presented its counteroffer to Giffin on Tuesday and she accepted two days later.

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"Like any corporation, when you have an asset, you try to retain it," Bruchey said. "That's what we thought about Karen."

Bruchey said the city negotiated a deal with Giffin that will shift some of her recreational duties to Recreational Facilities Coordinator Lewie Thomas so she can spend more time with her family. In addition, Giffin will receive a $5,200 annual pay increase and be cross-trained to help City Economic Development Director Deborah Everhart, he said.

Giffin was set to earn $77,767 per year when the next fiscal year begins July 1, Bruchey said. As a result of the renegotiation, she will earn $82,967, he said.

City Finance Director Alfred Martin said the annual salary range for the community affairs director ranges from $53,394 to $82,992.

Giffin said Thomas' annual pay will increase from $46,093 to $53,352 as compensation for his additional responsibilities.

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