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Hagerstown finance director to retire

August 17, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

Hagerstown Finance Director Al Martin will retire at the end of the current fiscal year, ending his 30-year career with the city.

Martin officially will step down as director Sept. 13, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Tuesday.

He will remain with the city as its budget officer through June 30, 2011 to help transition a new director and prepare the fiscal year 2011-12 budget, Zimmerman said.

Sitting before the council Tuesday evening, Martin reflected on his time with the city, recalling when he started working there at age 27.

"It's been interesting," he said. "I have enjoyed the opportunity to be of service to the community for these past 30 years," he said.

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Among other accomplishments, Martin helped establish a city-deferred compensation program, and a police and fire pension program, and he helped identify funds for the city's Other Post Employee Benefits program, according to a news release.

Before being named finance director in 1983, Martin served as city accounting manager, he said.

Martin, a CPA, also has been highly involved in civic work, something he took heat for in the past.

He was past president of the Maryland Government Finance Association and has been a leader with the United Way, American Red Cross, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Frostburg State University Foundation, Kaplan University-Hagerstown Board of Trustees and the St. Maria Goretti Board of Trustees, according to the news release.

Martin said he does not have any firm plans for after he retires.

Having grown up in the area, he said he will stay connected to Hagerstown but has not ruled out moving.

"I don't plan to leave here and sit in a rocking chair," he said. "I'm excited to explore new challenges and opportunities."

The 2011-12 budget will be the 29th budget that Martin has prepared for the City of Hagerstown, he said.

Accounting Manager Michelle Burker will take over as acting finance director in September, Zimmerman said.

Martin said he is not applying for the city's new retirement incentive program.

"I would not feel comfortable taking advantage of that," he said.

The city has offered a $12,500 incentive to as many as 35 full-time eligible employees who retire by Jan. 1, 2011, according to city documents.

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