City of Hagerstown's communications manager leaving post

Mary King will be moving closer to 'family in the Carolinas'

September 22, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • In this file photo, emcee Mary King, center, celebrity chefs Mike and Jane Anderson prepare duck terrine with pistachios and dried cherries Cumberland sauce at The Art of Cooking event hosted by the Washington County Arts Council at Fountain Head Country Club. King is stepping down as communications manager for the City of Hagerstown.
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Mary King, communications manager for the city of Hagerstown, said she is leaving her post at the end of the month to be near her family.

"A door has opened for me to be closer to my family in the Carolinas while continuing to work in the field I love," she wrote in an email. "Loving and appreciating this community as much as I do, this is the hardest decision I have ever made."

King served with the city for a little more than four months. She was hired in May to the lead communications after the city restructured its operations. Her last day will be Sept. 30, according to the Hagerstown Human Resources Department.

Prior to accepting the communications manager position, King was an anchor for WHAG. She also reigned as  Miss Washington County 2010 and Miss Western Maryland 2009.

While her time with the city has been short, King said it has been "nothing short of a blessing."

"The opportunity to work with a group of people who carry the heart of Hagerstown with them at all times has opened my eyes to their greater vision for this community," she said.

During her time with the city, she has been part of the recent branding of Hub City 6, the government's channel on Antietam Cable, creating an active social media presence for the city and the development of the city's new website, which is still under construction.

King said that as she moves from the area to be closer to family, she is not really leaving Hagerstown, but she will be saddened by the distance between her and the many families who have taken her in as their own.

"I'll be back for several different community events that I would not miss for the world," she said. "To say that I am thankful to have been given the opportunities that the city and the community have afforded me would be an understatement. All I can say is, from the bottom of my heart, 'Thank you, Hagerstown.'"

King's job has been advertised on the city website with a salary range of $50,877 to $80,600, and resumes will be accepted until the job is filled, according to the listing.

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