Harford council administrator resigns, will take county Office on Aging post

January 16, 2003|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

After four years as Harford County Council administrator, James Massey has accepted a position as a management analyst with the county's Office on Aging.

Massey's last day with the council is officially Feb. 28, but he will be out on medical leave until then recuperating from recent surgery.

Massey, 50, became administrator in 1999, after more than two decades with the Harford County Public Library. He will join the Office on Aging on March 3, he said, and looks forward to the change in roles.

"It was a privilege and honor to work as council administrator," he said. "It is a very challenging position and I enjoyed it."

But, he added, the demanding job had made it "very hard to have a life."

The council administrator's duties include supervising the council support staff and handling administrative functions. Massey's salary was $75,000.

In the past few months, three hearings on pending legislation had to be rescheduled after notices did not appear in the local media in time, which sparked complaints from several council members. Massey acknowledged the errors.

"Yes, those things happened and it's unfortunate, but we were able to reschedule," he said. "It wasn't something that was not fixable."

Council President Robert Wagner, who announced Massey's resignation at Tuesday night's meeting, said he wished him "the very best."

"That's a very difficult position as far as balancing everything out among the seven council members," Wagner said. "I think Mr. Massey chose to make a change that's probably better suited to him at this time."

The council voted unanimously and without comment to accept his resignation.

Massey said the Office on Aging position is "more suited to my skills" and would involve developing media and marketing programs. His salary will fall in the $39,000-$58,000 range.

"I will lose some money, and I recognize that," Massey said. "But I think in the end, it's something I wanted to do."

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