- The Enterprise
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The former public safety director of St. Mary’s College of Maryland has agreed to an offer to resign from the position after he was initially forced to leave by college administrators earlier this month.
“Dr. Urgo and I have come to an agreement,” David Zylak, the former public safety director, said Tuesday. “I am officially resinging from my position.”
College President Joseph Urgo confirmed Zylak’s resignation.
Zylak earlier was given a chance to resign but chose not to, he said, after he was not given a reason for his forced departure. He said this week that after speaking with Urgo, he felt no animosity toward the college or its president and was satisfied with their agreement. Zylak said he did not want to go into any details of the agreement.
He said the resignation would be “retroactive” to the initial date he ended the job on July 9.
Urgo told The Enterprise on the morning of July 12 that Zylak had resigned. Urgo later said he was not aware at that time that Zylak had withdrawn his request to resign. In an article published July 13, Zylak said he had not resigned but that college officials had only told him they would not continue his contract.
Zylak said in a July 19 phone interview that after he was told he would no longer have a job, he did ask if he could offer a formal resignation. Two days went by with no response from the college, Zylak said, so when he was offered a chance he initially turned that down.
Zylak said that all along he just wanted to talk to the president or another top administrator to find out why he was asked to leave the position.
Zylak was on a one-year probationary period as public safety director. Urgo said last week he could not go into details, other than to say that Zylak’s applications for other jobs, including at least one on campus, did not show the level of commitment the college wanted for the top public safety position.
Zylak, a former elected sheriff who later served as St. Mary’s County director of public safety, was hired as the college’s interim director of public safety in April last year. He was named the college’s director of public safety last fall.
Melvin “Mac” McClintock will supervise the public safety officers until a new public safety director is hired, according to college officials. A search committee for a new director will be drawn from the college’s faculty, students and staff.