Calvert Human Resources Director Paula Gray to Retire After 40 Years of Service
Paula Gray (photo courtesy of Calvert County Government)
Calvert Human Resources Director Paula Gray to Retire After 40 Years of Service

Calvert County Human Resources Director Paula Gray last month announced her retirement following 40 years of public service. Gray’s retirement will take effect Jan. 10, 2020. Gray began her career with Calvert County Government in 1979 as secretary II/office machine operator with the Department of Finance & Budget. Gray held various roles in the Office of Personnel before being promoted to personnel director in 2015. Her job title was changed to human resources director in…

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Frederick Appoints Kay as Director of Citizens Services Division
Christine Kay (photo courtesy of Frederick County Government)
Frederick Appoints Kay as Director of Citizens Services Division

The Frederick County Council on Tuesday approved County Executive Jan Gardner's appointment of Christine Kay as Director of the Frederick County Citizens Services Division. “Christine brings outstanding leadership experience in human services,” Executive Gardner said. “She has a reputation for strong collaboration across agencies. She brings energy, big ideas, and a wealth of expertise. I am confident she will do an outstanding job for the citizens of Frederick County." According to a press release: As…

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Workplace Safety Panelists Discuss Best Tips

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Are You Prepared? Keeping Your Workplace Safe and Secure,” attendees heard from panelists on modern day safety precautions in the workplace. The panel started off with Kevin Karpinski, Principal at Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp, discussing the legalities of workplace violence, best practices to prevent violence, and current OSHA and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act (MOSHA) requirements. Beth Thierer, Director of Customer Solutions for BHS and licensed social worker,…

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Counties Tackle Employment Issues at #MACoCon

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference Adacademy Core session "Employment Issues," attendees learned best practices for the hiring process; managing troublesome employees; and, if necessary, handling employee termination. The session was taught by Kevin Karpinski, partner at Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp, PA, and was moderated by Frederick County Council Member Michael Blue. Karpinski discussed a variety of employee-employer relationship topics, and reviewed important legal requirements for public employers. The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance…

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Preview the 2020 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in 2020 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), the 2020 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population. They are also…

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Legalized Cannabis, Public Information Act Among Issues Discussed at 2019 MACo Attorneys Conference

County attorneys and legal staff from across the state attended the 2019 MACo Attorneys Conference on November 13. The annual conference allows county legal staff to receive important policy updates and discuss emerging legal challenges. Attendees heard updates on: (1) Maryland's Public Information Act; (2) Open Meetings Act; (3) recent Attorney General opinions; (4) human resource and liability issues posed by legalized cannabis; (5) sheriff and deputy sheriff liability issues; (6) 2019 interim issues; and…

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Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance to Hold Several Free Trainings this Fall

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company, is hosting several important free employer and employee trainings over the next few weeks. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Frederick Clarion Inn 2019 Workers' Compensation Seminar Learn how Chesapeake Employers' specialists work with you to help control premium costs. These will be free, half-day seminars for policyholders, employers, and agents. Presentation topics include: Update on Maryland Employment Laws, including Medical Marijuana Drug Testing Safety…

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Are You Prepared? Keeping Your Workplace Safe and Secure

As defined by The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) a “workplace violence” incident is a verbal, written, or physically aggressive threat or attack intended to intimidate, cause injury or death to others in a place of employment. Every workplace is in danger of experience occupational violence, but what can be done to mitigate the risks and reduce hazards? In December, join MACo for a panel session hosted by the Human Resources Affiliate for an in…

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Have Coffee with Davenport & Company, Review Your Investment Strategies

MACo would like to thank Davenport & Company LLC for sponsoring coffee breaks during our upcoming Winter Conference - December 4-6 in Cambridge, MD. Founded in 1863 and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Davenport & Company LLC is an independent financial advisory firm specializing in the area of investments, research, asset management, investment banking, corporate retirement plans and advisory services. Member: NYSE FINRA SIPC. Thanks again to Davenport & Company LLC for their continued support of…

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Washington County Names New Director of Human Resources
Rachel Brown (photo courtesy of Washington County Government)
Washington County Names New Director of Human Resources

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners today appointed Rachel Brown as director of human resources. "Ms. Brown comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and the successful experience needed to serve an organization of our size and complexity," County Administrator Rob Slocum said. A lifelong County resident and active community member, Rachel will serve the HR Director position both personably and professionally." According to a press release: Brown is joining Washington County Government…

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