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Youth Services firm loses another executive, Ripley


Youth Services International Inc. of Owings Mills has lost its second senior executive in two months, as Chief Operating Officer John F. Ripley left to become president and chief executive officer of Leesburg, Va.-based Precision Tune Inc.

Mr. Ripley, 38, who has worked with Youth Services Chairman James Hindman since their days at Jiffy Lube International Inc., said he will remain on the board of directors.

Mr. Hindman said the two recent departures were a coincidence. The company disclosed the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Harry G. Pappas on May 2.

"This serendipitously happened to come along," said Mr. Ripley, who will begin his new job July 5. "There is no policy or other difference with Mr. Hindman or anyone else."

Mr. Ripley said his role of managing Youth Services' juvenile justice division, which runs reformatories including the Charles H. Hickey School in Baltimore County, was assumed two months ago by Joel Smith.

Mr. Ripley said the company is looking at candidates to fill the chief financial officer slot, which Mr. Ripley had assumed when Mr. Pappas left.

Mr. Hindman could not be reached for comment yesterday.

At Precision Tune, Mr. Ripley replaces Joseph Grimaud Jr., a member of the investor group that has owned Precision Tune since 1987.

Lynn Caruthers, Precision Tune chairwoman, said Mr. Ripley got his new job because of his experience in the quick-auto-service business at Jiffy Lube and in senior management at Youth Services.

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