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Smithsburg honors employees, volunteer

October 08, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - Randy Dick has so many titles in his work for the Town of Smithsburg, he would be hard-pressed to get them all on a normal-sized business card.

"I am building inspector, zoning administrator, development coordinator and property maintenance inspector," Dick said.

Born and raised in Smithsburg, Dick has been providing services to his hometown since 1977. He recently received recognition for his efforts over the last 31 years.

Dick worked at Grove Manufacturing for less than a year when injuries from a motorcycle accident changed his future plans.

In 1975, Dick went to work for the Washington County Department of Permits and Inspections. He retired from that position in 2003.

"When I started working in Smithsburg in 1977, I was just the building inspector," Dick said. "Paul Prodonovich was doing them before and he recommended me to then-Mayor Paul Boswell."

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Other duties came later, Dick said.

Also honored recently was Betsy Martin for her 21 years with the town. Martin's duties included clerk, treasurer and manager.

Born and raised in Smithsburg, Martin took secretarial courses at Hagerstown Business College. She worked at Doubleday, had some part-time jobs and was a secretary for her husband's former contracting business.

"I was doing some work for former Mayor Paul Boswell as a favor when I started working for the town," Martin said. "I was the town's first paid employee."

The town government at that time met at the library, and later at the building that is now Smithsburg Town Hall.

"The current meeting room and office had been an apartment," Martin said.

At first, Martin handled the water bills, taxes and other town clerk duties from home.

Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers lauded Martin for her years of service to the town as she highlighted the growing duties during Martin's tenure as clerk/treasurer/manager.

Bill Loughridge, public works director, was honored for 10 years of service to the town. Before Loughridge came on board, those public works duties were handled by council members mostly on a voluntary basis.

Duties have expanded to the point where two more people have been hired to work on public works duties in addition to Loughridge.

Homer Myers was cited for his 34 years of voluntary service to the town, most recently as a member of the Smithsburg Planning and Zoning board.

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