County Comment Citizen Of The Month

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer


In the Washington County Board of County Commissioners’ evening meeting on February 25 at Sharpsburg, Commissioner Jim Kercheval presented the Citizen of the Month award to Joe Imes, who recently moved to the Smithsburg area.

The award honors a Washington County Citizen who, by word or deed, has made a positive impact on the lives of fellow citizens.

Imes maintained neighborhood watch programs for nine years in Hagerstown’s West End. The proclamation said that the fight against drug trafficking should involve all citizens of Washington County both inside and outside the municipalities and that, for over 9 years, Joe Imes was the driving force Behind West End Against Trouble, Crime & Harassment (W.A.T.C.H.) in Hagerstown and instrumental in starting the local crime watch website www.hagerstownwatch.org.

Joe Imes was the “eyes and ears” for Hagerstown Police and, in the words of Chief Arthur Smith, “Did more to improve West End/Police relations and get crime and drugs off the streets than anyone.”

Joe Imes has been the organizer of a number of Night Out events in the neighborhood to provide anti-drug education to children and families and allow citizens to meet police officers, the proclamation said. Neighbors and Hagerstown Police Officers alike will miss the dedication and fortitude Joe Imes has shown in facing down crime for nearly a decade.

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners congratulated Joe Imes as Citizen of the Month for February 2003.