St. Mary's Gov. Names New Dir. of Economic and Community Dev. - Southern Maryland Headline News

St. Mary's Gov. Names New Dir. of Economic and Community Dev.


Newcomer earns $8,000 more than predecessor

LEONARDTOWN, Md.—The St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners has appointed Steven Anderson as Director of Economic and Community Development. Anderson will assume his duties on October 9 at an annual salary of $110,000.

Anderson replaces Bob Schaller who resigned in March (effective June 6) over a controversy centered around a perceived attempt to influence a local government contract. Schaller had served as DECD Director since 2007 at an annual salary of $102,000.

Anderson comes to St. Mary's County with experience in economic and community development, business operations and management. Most recently Anderson served as the President and CEO of Lake County Partners, Inc., in Libertyville, IL, a not-for-profit economic development agency. From 2002 to 2008 he served as Vice President, Business Development for the St. Louis County Economic Council, in St. Louis, Mo.

Anderson's career highlights include targeted community development efforts to increase opportunities in distressed areas, recruitment and retention of numerous businesses such as FedEx and Motorola, and a partnership with Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois.

Anderson holds a Juris Doctorate from the Whittier College School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from the University of Missouri.

"Economic and community development is a high priority in St. Mary's County," said Commissioner President Jack Russell. "Anderson brings expertise from both the private sector as well as local government, and we are excited to have him as a key player in the future growth of our community."

Editor's note: All facts regarding Anderson's career and education history are per the St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners. This information has not been independently verified by somd.com.

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