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June 16, 2013

Washington County Department of Social Services

On April 19, the Washington County Department of Social Services held its 24th Employee Recognition Day at its headquarters at 122 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

National Employee Appreciation Day was started in 1995 as a day to honor employees everywhere. In Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley issued a proclamation recognizing the value of the Maryland workforce.

The day’s activities included an awards ceremony, during which employees were recognized for their outstanding performance and contributions.

Employees also were recognized for their participation in the agency’s Continuous Performance Improvement Program, which has been in place for 14 years.

The following awards were given:

• Director’s Award for Distinguished Service: Russell Citro, social worker supervisor

• Employee of the Year: Rhonda Forrest

• Outstanding Supervisor of the Year: Barb Shevokas

• Outstanding Support Person of the Year: Sandy Martin

The following Agency Value Awards linked to the agency’s mission and vision statement also were awarded:

• Communication Value Award: Ligia Teodorovici, social worker, child welfare

• Quality of Services Value Award: Ellie Murto, family investment work participation specialist, and Becky Rice, social worker supervisor

• Respect Value Award: Sarah Cutchall, child support specialist, and Shana Matthews, social worker

Outstanding Community Partner Awards were granted to:

Community Free Clinic, accepted by Robin Roberson, executive director

David Bonebrake, Washington County Mobile Crisis Services



Maryland Correctional Training Center

Maryland Correctional Training Center recently honored the following employees:

• Correctional Officer I Anthony S. Morton was named correctional officer of the quarter for the first quarter of 2013 at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown.

Morton has been instrumental in assisting with MCTC’s transition from one diagnostic drug-detection program provider to our present provider. He developed guidelines that made the move seamless. With his knowledge and expertise, he was asked to teach 52 officers at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ three local facilities the newly implemented drug-detection module.

Morton has been employed at MCTC since June 23, 2000.

• Correctional Dietary Officer Supervisor Michael Blevins was named correctional supervisor of the quarter for the first quarter of 2013 at MCTC.

Blevins displays a positive and refreshing attitude, and is always willing to help out with employee appreciation staff events, including an annual luncheon.

Blevins has been employed at MCTC since May 29, 2002.

Michael Johnson, case management specialist I, was named employee of the quarter for the first quarter of 2013 at MCTC.

Johnson has demonstrated that he is an asset to the case management department and to the institution by volunteering to back up the Inmate Grievance Office/Administrative Remedy Procedure, or IGO/ARP, coordinator while still handling his own full case load.

He has spent many hours learning the procedure, and during a recent absence of the IGO/ARP lieutenant, he handled the responsibility and duties required by a full-time coordinator while performing his own duties.

He has a strong work ethic, good judgment, excellent organizational skills and a willingness to learn new duties and responsibilities. He is always very professional and thorough, according to his co-workers and supervisor. 

Johnson has been employed at MCTC since Aug. 30, 2010.



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Erich Fronck of Hedgesville, W.Va., was named the regional information security director for Region 4, which covers Maine to Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in April.

Fronck started out writing and maintaining mainframe computer programs for Washington Gas in 1987. From there, he took on roles such as network engineer, instructor, operations manager and senior security analyst for various companies in the D.C. area. He found his niche in the security side of information technology.

He accepted the challenge of safeguarding veteran information five years ago as a network information security officer, first for Network 5, which covers D.C., Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and then the Office of Information and Technology field office.

As a result of his work with helping to increase employee and contractor training compliance from 80 percent to 98 percent in Network 5, he received the Government Information Security Leadership Award for Community Awareness.

Fronck is a member of the Marlowe (W.Va.) Ruritan Club. He holds two offices at the local and district levels of the Ruritan organization, and serves as the webmaster for its websites.

He has a wife, four children and two grandchildren.



Hagerstown Police Department

Sgt. Stewart Heckman was selected as the Hagerstown Police Department’s officer of the month for March.

Heckman was nominated for his actions on the morning of March 23, when he dealt with a barricaded subject who was brandishing a knife and refusing to let several subjects leave a residence. Heckman was able to establish telephone communication with one of the subjects being held inside the residence. After telephone communication was lost, he began texting the subject, getting updates on the developing situation.

After approximately 80 minutes of texting, Heckman heard a noise outside the front of the residence. He observed bedsheets hanging out of a second-story window and observed the suspect walking away. Heckman took the suspect, who had climbed out of the window, into custody without incident.

Heckman has been employed by the City of Hagerstown for nine years and is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division’s Charlie Platoon.



Frederick Memorial Hospital

FREDERICK, Md. — Former Mayor and longtime Frederick businessman James S. Grimes was named Frederick Memorial Hospital’s 2013 Good Samaritan of the Year at a May 16 event.

Created in 1990, the award is the highest honor conveyed upon an individual by Frederick Memorial Hospital. It recognizes individuals for their generosity to the hospital, as well as their selfless commitment to improving the quality of life for the Frederick community.

After the launch of his first business, Grimes Truck Center, in 1961, Grimes became a member of the Frederick County Agricultural Society and eventually The Great Frederick Fair board.

He has been involved with both boards for more than 50 years, serving as the group’s president twice (1992-94 and 2010-12). He has remained active on both boards, serving on many committees of the fair board, including entertainment, legislative, safety, finance and short-and long-term planning. Grimes’ lifelong support of the Frederick Agricultural Society also included a gift toward the renovation of the Null Building at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

Grimes also was recognized for his service on numerous local boards of directors, including Frederick County National Bank, Hood College, BB&T, the Lewistown Fire Co. and Frederick Memorial Hospital, and his years of service as a city alderman, city planning commissioner, orphan’s court judge and two-term city mayor.



Susquehanna Bancshares Inc.

LITITZ, Pa. — Drew K. Hostetter, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc., will retire Dec. 31, concluding an 18-year tenure as the company’s CFO.

After working for 19 years at an international accounting firm and a large regional bank in Maryland, Hostetter joined Susquehanna in 1995 as assistant treasurer. He was promoted several times, taking on the role of CFO in 1996. He and other members of the executive team guided the company as it grew from $3 billion to $18 billion in assets.

Upon Hostetter’s retirement, Michael W. Harrington, who joined Susquehanna last year as executive vice president and treasurer, will take on the role of CFO.

Harrington, who has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, joined Susquehanna’s executive leadership team in June 2012 after serving in various leadership positions at First Niagara Financial Group, including CFO and treasurer.

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