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April 21, 2013

Assistant director of finance ending career

CUMBERLAND — Allegany County’s assistant director of finance will retire after a 28-year career, county officials said Thursday.

W. Jay George Jr., a certified public accountant, was honored by county commissioners for his years of service during their regular business meeting last week at county offices on Kelly Road.

“He’s been a supervisor, a mentor, a sounding board at times. ... At the end of the day, he’s my friend,” said Jason Bennett, the county’s finance director. “He did all this without seeking attention,” Bennett said, after giving George a large share of the credit in keeping the county’s finances in good shape.

“You are definitely the unsung hero,” said County Commission President Mike McKay. George said his work was a “job he really enjoyed doing.”

George joined the Department of Finance as senior accountant in March 1985. He was promoted to the assistant director of finance in January 1994. As the assistant director, George was second in command of the financial operations of Allegany County government. His responsibilities were accounts payable, payroll, investments, bond issues, financial statement preparation and budgeting.

With George as one of the department’s leaders, the de-partment recently was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 20th consecutive year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

County commissioners presented George with a certificate of appreciation Thursday.

A native of Lonaconing, George graduated from Valley High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy, served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged. He earned degrees from Allegany Community College and Frostburg State University. He was licensed as a certified public accountant by the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy in January 1984.

George will also be honored by his colleagues next month. He’s been chosen to receive the Individual Local Public Service Janet L. Hoffman Award at a ceremony in Baltimore from the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

George resides in LaVale with his wife, Sharon.

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