On June 26, 2015, Gail Davis Bourdon, Director for the Office of Personnel, retired after having served faithfully for 26 years. On February 27, 1989, Gail began working for Calvert County government as Human Resources Director for the County Administrator’s Office. That same year a Department of Human Resources was created. In 1996 she became the Personnel Director for the Office of Personnel.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics, with a minor in English, from the University of Maryland, she has accumulated 35 years of experience in personnel management, including two years in the private sector, two years as Assistant Personnel Officer for Anne Arundel County and service with Prince George’s County. A member of the Employees Retirement Plan Board of Trustees, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, University of Maryland University College Graduate School Dean’s Advisory Board, International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and a liaison to the Calvert Employee Representative Committee, she previously served on the Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland board, and the Local Government Personnel Association of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC Area, serving as President and Treasurer. Her service to Calvert County has been one of exemplary commitment and pride.
To all who knew her, Gail had a habit of calling the staff by the nicknames she created such as Peeps, Mel-Mel, Dina May Apple, Diedi, Vick Wick and Linguini to name a few. And some were privileged to hear her imitate animal sounds, especially Beagles and ducks. She openly expressed her affection for her Beagle and Labrador and was heard often saying “I love my Bad Ellie May and Black Kate.” And as a surprise to many, she has a great voice and could be heard singing along with the radio on her drive to work. Gail also had a great sense of humor and her bursts of laughter will be missed.
On June 23rd, The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) presented Gail with a proclamation in appreciation of the 26 years of public service to the citizens of Calvert County. They wished her health and happiness in retirement and continued success in all her future endeavors.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon