Dick Sossi leaving the congressional office of Andy Harris


I received a tip that Dick Sossi, state delegate, had left his full-time job in the Office of Congressman Andy Harris. I was able to confirm that Sossi is leaving the office at the end of the year. I’ve included the email that Harris Chief of Staff Kevin Reigrut sent out seeking help finding a replacement for Sossi, who was a community liaison for the mid-shore. I’ve also include the job listing below that.

Sossi, a Navy veteran, previously worked as a deputy branch chief for the NSA and was trained as a Chinese linguist. He is running next year in the senate primary for District 36. Sossi sought the appointment to the unfinished term of E.J. Pipkin for that seat earlier this year. Given the involvement in that race by Andy Harris and his behind the scenes activities on behalf of another candidate, it would be logical to infer that Sossi’s state senate bid might have something to do with his departure. I am working to confirm more details on his departure.

Here’s the email from Reigrut:

From: Reigrut, Kevin <Kevin.Reigrut@mail.house.gov>
Date: Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM
Subject: Request for Assistance in Identifying Candidates

Dear Friends –

As you may have already heard, Dick Sossi will be leaving Rep. Harris’ office at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities, which means that we are initiating a recruitment for a new community liaison out of the Kent Island district office. Since 2011, Dick was primarily responsible for our community based outreach initiatives in the mid-shore counties. Our community liaisons (position description attached) serve as Rep. Harris’ primary outreach personnel, representing the office at district based events and apprising the Congressman and appropriate staff of emerging local issues and identifying opportunities for visits for the member and other appropriate staff. In each of our three district offices, the Liaison serves as the senior staff member.

The position is full-time and entails significant local travel.

Given your connection to the community, I wanted to enlist your assistance in identifying possible candidates for the position. The ideal candidate should be a well-organized, highly motivated self-starter with significant community connections. A working knowledge of the geography and issues in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Cecil Counties would also be a significant distinguishing factor. Depending on experience, the salary for the position starts at $35k and includes benefits (e.g. health insurance, retirement, etc.)

If you have any strong candidates that you think we should be considering, please let me know. Thanks for your help!

Kevin C. Reigrut, Chief of Staff
Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01)

‘ (202) 225-5311
(202) 225-0254 (FAX)

Here’s the job listing:

Community Liaison Position Description

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