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Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission hiring

County to post positions for Strategic Economic Development Plan Coordinator and full-time administrative assistant

April 02, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

Washington County plans to list two economic development jobs Monday, including a new part-time position coordinating the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission’s to-be-decided top five goals for the future.

The Strategic Economic Development Plan Coordinator will be a nonpermanent contracted position, paying $25,000 over a 26-week period, according to a Tuesday discussion of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

The employee would work fewer than 30 hours per week and would not receive health care benefits, the commissioners decided. They said the position could be filled either by an individual or an entity, such as a company that would do the job on a contract basis.

Upon completion of the contracted six-month period, a $5,000 stipend would be awarded to the employee if all tasks are completed and deemed satisfactory by the commissioners, county Administrator Gregory B. Murray said.

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“Six months seems like a reasonable amount of time, I think, for us to be able to tell if the right things are going on,” Commissioner William B. McKinley said.

The other job is a vacant full-time administrative assistant position within the county’s economic development department. It includes health care benefits and base pay at the county’s Grade 9 level, which starts at approximately $32,000 annually.

The EDC is expected to decide on its top five priorities from the Economic Development Strategic Plan in the coming weeks. Those priorities will be recommended to the commissioners for approval, Murray said.

The coordinator, who would report directly to Murray and receive oversight from the commissioners, would have to pay for his or her own expenses, such as travel, but the county would provide office space and materials, officials said.

The commissioners did not discuss any specific individuals or funding sources for the coordinator job in open session Tuesday.

Several EDC board members were present at the meeting, and the commissioners requested that the EDC receive copies of submitted resumes as the county does.

Ron Bowers, vice president of the EDC board, said the EDC takes its job and this hiring process very seriously.

“We believe very much in this process and to ensure that the person that’s picked is somewhat of an independent person who can call the shots the way they should be called, and not to point at one particular organization,” Bowers said. “That’s one of the things we want to make sure that as this is carried out, it’s carried out in the best possible way for the future of all of economic development.”

At the end of the six-month period, county officials can re-evaluate the coordinator job and decide whether to extend the contract, officials said.

Both jobs are expected to be posted Monday through the county’s marketing team, Murray said.

The deadline to submit applications and resumes for the coordinator job will be two weeks from Monday, to allow county officials to fill the post by mid-May.

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