Charles County Promotes Three Senior County Employees to Permanent Positions

LA PLATA, Md. (November 5, 2007)—The Charles County Commissioners announced on Friday that three senior county employees, who have been serving in acting capacities, have been selected to fill the respective permanent top-level management positions.

Roy E. Hancock has been selected as the Assistant to the County Administrator. Mr. Hancock will continue to provide management and coordination of major County projects under the direction of the County Administrator, Paul W. Comfort, Esq. Prior to being appointed Acting Assistant to the County Administrator in March 2007, Mr. Hancock served as Interim County Administrator for 20 months. From 1990 until 2005, he was the Director of Planning and Growth Management. During his 34-year career with Charles County Government, Mr. Hancock also held the positions of Director, Deputy Director and Chief of Facilities in the Public Works Department. He began his County Government career in 1973 as an Assistant County Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Melvin C. Chuck Beall, Jr., has been selected as the Director of Charles County Department Planning and Growth Management. Mr. Beall will continue to oversee the divisions of Planning, Permits, Capital Services and Development Services. Prior to being appointed as the Acting Director of Planning and Growth Management in 2005, Mr. Beall served as the County's Chief of Development and Capital Services. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and a registered professional engineer, Mr. Beall has 14 years of experience working for Charles County Government.

Willis Bill Proper has been selected as the Director of Charles County Department of Public Facilities. Mr. Proper will continue to oversee the divisions of Roads, Parks and Grounds, Solid Waste and Vehicle Maintenance, and CIP Building and Trades. Prior to being appointed Acting Director of Public Facilities in July 2007, Mr. Proper was the Chief of Capital Projects, Building and Trades, a position he was named to following a reorganization of County Government in the mid-1990s. Mr. Proper began his 16-year career with Charles County Government in October 1991 as a Maintenance Mechanic. A resident of Charles County since June 1978, Mr. Proper is a graduate of the Community College of the United States Air Force and holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science.

According to county government officials, Hancock and Proper were chosen over other internal and external applicants based on their knowledge, expertise and experience. Officials also say that Beall was elevated to fill the permanent Director of Planning and Growth Management position based on his job performance during the over two years he served in an acting capacity.

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