So, You’ve Hired Them, But How do You Keep Them?

Workplace norms have shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic and “great resignation.” As such, employers must adapt in innovative and effective ways in order to retain quality and effective employees.

Maryland and its local governments are uniquely positioned to answer the ongoing challenges of hiring and retention with success and stability.

Help Wanted Part 2: Recipe for Retention

In the second part of this two-part series, at the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, experts will explore how retaining talent not only requires a well-designed human resources program, but also effective communication about what your place of work has to offer compared to other employers. Local governments offer a particular employment culture that makes retention a unique and sometimes challenging undertaking. In this second part of a two-part series on the state of employment, participants will learn about best practices for retaining talent in a competitive and evolving workforce and how to best communicate their value to staff.


  • Beverly Churchill, Director, Human Resources, Queen Anne’s County
  • Christine Walters, Principal, FiveL Company
  • Sasha Vazquez-Gonzalez, Director of Human Resources, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services


  • Dan Ripberger, Managing Director, Bolton

Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 2022; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Help Wanted Part 1: Getting Over the Hiring Slump – this panel series will focus on innovative strategies for hiring new staff.
The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 17-20. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.” More information can be found on our conference website.