WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to hire Hagerstown Police Department Capt. Charles R. Summers as deputy director of the county's Division of Fire and Emergency Services.
The position has been vacant since January 2008, when former director John A. Latimer resigned and former deputy director Kevin L. Lewis became the division's interim director. Lewis was formally named to the director position in June.
Summers was one of 30 applicants for the position, Lewis said. A committee interviewed 12 of those applicants, and based on the interviews, Lewis recommended Summers for the position, he said.
Commissioners Kristin B. Aleshire and William J. Wivell voted against hiring Summers.
Aleshire said he wanted to hire someone with more of a background in fire and EMS operations.
"I've worked with Charlie Summers and I have great respect for him, but this is not the individual I envisioned becoming the deputy director for fire and EMS services," Aleshire said.