Charles County Names Acting Director of Economic Development Dept. - Southern Maryland Headline News

Charles County Names Acting Director of Economic Development Dept.

LA PLATA, Md. (September 19, 2007)—Charles County Administrator Paul W. Comfort announced that Ms. Marcia Keeth has been selected to become Acting Director of the County’s Economic Development Department (EDD) when the current Director, John Reardon, leaves on October 3, 2007. Reardon resigned in order to take a position with The Facchina Companies in La Plata, Maryland.

Keeth has lived in Charles County since 1989 and has been with the County’s Economic Development Office since January 2002. She was hired as the Marketing Director for the private, non-profit Economic Development Commission (EDC) and was appointed Acting Director after the retirement of the EDC’s Executive Director in early 2005. During that time, Keeth oversaw the transition of the Economic Development office into a Department of County Government. Most recently she has been the Economic Development Chief of Community Development Services with a responsibility for overseeing development of assets that support business growth in the county. Her professional experience includes extensive background in marketing, advertising, public relations, and radio. She was a producer for Viacom’s Westwood One Radio in Crystal City, VA for 12 years before joining the EDC.

“Marcia’s on-going presence in the office will provide continuity during the transition. She knows the program, she knows the partners, and more importantly they know her,” said County Administrator, Paul Comfort in a released statement. “She served as Interim Director in the past, after Mr. Edwards retired, and did an outstanding job and I'm sure she'll do a great job now”, noted County Commission President, Wayne Cooper in the same statement.

County officials say they are implementing a national search for a permanent replacement for Reardon, which is expected to take three months.

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