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Washington out as Williamsport recreation director

As Mayor Derek Slaughter continues to review his administrative team, a third man has been terminated.

As of Thursday, city resident Shawn Washington is no longer working as city recreation director. An updated position with a modified role will be advertised, Slaughter said.

Washington was paid an annual salary of $43,000, according to Joellen Chappelle, director of city human resources.

Slaughter declined to elaborate further on the decision because of long-standing policies regarding personnel.

“Any personnel decisions are confidential,” Chappelle said.

The recreation position will be changed to recreation coordinator, Chappelle said.

“Some duties will be changed,” she said.

The position has been an administrative department head, she noted.

Washington was hired last July, a week after Chappelle took duties as human resources director, by former Mayor Gabriel J. Campana.

As director, Washington led the coordination of the annual Joel Garrison Day at Memorial Park for city children, a Halloween Party at Liberty Arena and the Christmas Parade and events.

He had Joseph Pawlak, city fiscal and budget officer, publicly present the proposed recreation department budget to City Council at its budget work session due to his inexperience in the financial matters of the department.

The department requires an individual to oversee an annual budget in order to adequately operates the daily recreational programs, facilities and special events.

To date, since his inauguration on Jan. 6 at City Hall, Slaughter has notified the newspaper about three key changes in the administration.

Among those were William E. Nichols Jr., a 43-year-employee, who is no longer city finance director and general manager of River Valley Transit. Nichols was paid about $106,000 annually.

The acting general manager duties are being done by Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks. The finance director job has yet to be advertised, Chappelle said.

Additionally, Mark Benner is no longer employed by the city. Benner, the city engineer, also was selected personally by Campana. The city has placed an advertisement seeking candidates with interest in working as engineer for the city, Chappelle said.

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