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Michelle Gordon Named First Female County Administrator for Washington County, MD

Michelle Gordon Named First Female County Administrator for Washington County, MD

Michelle Gordon, CFO

HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 22, 2023) – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce the appointment of Michelle Gordon as the first female County Administrator for Washington County, MD. With a history of exceptional leadership and a deep understanding of the county’s operations, Gordon’s promotion is a testament to her dedication to public service and her significant contributions to the community.

Having joined the Washington County team nine months ago as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Michelle Gordon has quickly become an indispensable asset. Her keen financial acumen and innovative strategies have significantly improved the county’s efficiency and financial stability. Under her guidance, the county has seen remarkable advancements in its financial management, making her an outstanding candidate for the County Administrator role.

Gordon’s impressive record as CFO reflects her unwavering commitment to excellence. Her innovative financial strategies have not only increased operational efficiency but have also bolstered the county’s financial foundation, ensuring its resilience in the face of challenges. Her visionary leadership and dedication to public service have garnered the admiration and trust of both her colleagues and the community.

As County Administrator, Michelle Gordon will assume responsibility for overseeing the county’s day-to-day operations. Collaborating closely with the Board of County Commissioners, she will ensure the seamless delivery of essential services to the residents. With her proven leadership skills, Gordon aims to maintain transparent communication and foster collaboration among county departments to address the evolving needs and concerns of the community.

County Commissioners President John Barr says, “We are thrilled to announce Michelle Gordon as the new County Administrator for Washington County. Her track record of financial expertise and dedicated leadership as Chief Financial Officer and Acting County Administrator has already made a significant impact. Michelle’s deep understanding of our community and her commitment to excellence make her the perfect choice to guide us forward. As President of the County Commissioners, I have full confidence in Michelle’s ability to lead with transparency, empathy, and a focus on the well-being of our residents.”

“Michelle Gordon’s appointment as County Administrator is a significant milestone for Washington County,” says Vice-President Jeffrey Cline. Her proven leadership and extensive financial experience will undoubtedly strengthen our county’s administration. I am confident that Michelle’s dedication to service and her collaborative approach will enhance our ability to address challenges and seize opportunities together. Her promotion is not just a step forward for our county, but also for women in leadership, and I am honored to work alongside her.”

Michelle Gordon’s roots run deep in Washington County, where she has been a lifelong resident. After graduating from Williamsport High School, she earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hood College and her Master’s of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. With over 30 years of finance and accounting experience, including more than two decades in governmental accounting, Gordon’s credentials are a testament to her expertise.

Prior to her current role, Gordon served as the Finance Director for Jefferson County, West Virginia, for over seven years. During her tenure, she exhibited exceptional leadership by guiding officials, departments, and the community through the financial challenges of the global pandemic. She played a pivotal role in technology improvements that streamlined budgeting processes, ensuring financial transparency for the local community.

Washington County is poised to benefit greatly from Michelle Gordon’s leadership as she takes on her new role as the first female County Administrator. Her extensive experience, dedication to excellence, and profound understanding of county operations position her to drive positive change and continued progress within the community.

“I am deeply honored and excited to take on the role of County Administrator for Washington County,” said Michelle Gordon. “Having been a part of this exceptional team as Chief Financial Officer and Acting County Administrator, I am committed to fostering collaboration, transparency, and innovation across all county operations. As a lifelong resident of this community, I am dedicated to serving the needs of our residents and working closely with the Board of County Commissioners to ensure the delivery of essential services. With the support of my colleagues and the trust of the community, I look forward to leading Washington County into a future marked by progress and positive change.”

Michelle Gordon accepted the position at Grade 22, Step 22, with a salary of $195,541.

For additional information, please contact the Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380 or [email protected].


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