County Comment/Citizen of the Month
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer
In its regular meeting on September 21st, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners presented Citizen of the Month honors to Pete Thomas, Executive Director of the Western Maryland Consortium.
Commissionersí President Snook presented the Citizen of the Month honor for September, 2004 to Thomas, for his 30 years of service to the community.
Thomas began his service with the Western Maryland Consortium in July, 1974 as Director of On-the-Job Training and became Executive Director in November, 1978. During this 30-year history Pete has led the Consortium in its efforts to successfully expand the local workforce in good and bad economic times in Western Maryland by providing educational and job training opportunities to over 22,500 unemployed or underemployed adults, youth, and dislocated workers.
Thomas has worked successfully in establishing public/private partnerships between local governments and businesses through the Workforce Investment Board. By taking the lead in retraining workers from companies forced to downsize and by coordinating the hiring of employees through businesses like Walmart, Samís Club, and American Woodmark. He has been honored by 3 Maryland Governors for sound fiscal management and also by the Washington County Chapter of Business and Professional Women as Employer of the Year in 2003.
Citizen of the Month is presented to outstanding members of the community who have made a positive impact on the citizens of Washington County.