Charles Commissioners Appoint Acting Directors of Public Facilities, Community Services

LA PLATA, Md. (April 20, 2010)—In light of Charles County’s recent Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP), the Director of Public Facilities, Willis B. Proper, and the Director of Community Services, Karen Lehman Cieplak, will be retiring.

On April 30, Assistant to the Director of Public Facilities Terri Kahouk will assume the duties of Acting Director of Public Facilities. Mrs. Kahouk has more than 20 years experience with the Charles County Government.

Kahouk commented, “I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of becoming the Acting Director. I am committed to make this a smooth transition.” On May 4, 2010, Chief of Recreation Eileen Minnick will assume the duties of Acting Director of Community Services. Minnick has worked with the Charles County Government since 1989. She will also continue to serve as the Chief of Recreation.

Minnick commented, “I am happy to step up and assist in the interim time as the Acting Director of Community Services. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Charles County.”

In anticipation of state budget cuts and declining revenues that could possibly impact the fiscal year 2011 budget, the Charles County Commissioners enacted the ERIP, a staff-friendly retirement program for employees. Under the ERIP, Pension Plan participants who were eligible for early or normal retirement (age 52 or older with five or more years of service) on or before July 31, 2010, could add up to three years of service and three years of age to their benefit calculations.

Source: Charles County Government

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