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Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Peter Aluotto. Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Peter Aluotto.

Planning and Growth Management Director Aluotto to Retire in October

Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Peter Aluotto has announced his decision to retire from Charles County Government. Aluotto, who was hired as the department’s director in 2011, plans to retire in October 2016. During his tenure with Charles County Government, Aluotto made substantial progress in the areas of process improvement, customer service, and comprehensive planning. He played a key role in efforts to conceptualize and develop the Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor project. His retirement will conclude a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years in comprehensive planning, economic development, and redevelopment sectors.

“The Board of Commissioners appreciates Mr. Aluotto’s service to the county, and we wish him well as he transitions to the next phase of his life,” said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy.

Aluotto will continue in his role as Planning and Growth Management director during part of the transition period until a new director is hired. Subsequently, he will manage the acquisition and installation of Community Development Software, a program that will expedite the county’s planning, permitting, review, and inspection processes.

“I want to sincerely thank Peter for his service to Charles County residents. He is an invaluable leader, and we have been very fortunate to have someone with his vast expertise,” said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff. “We appreciate his advanced planning, which will allow a seamless transition and continuity of service as we automate the permitting process and move to adopt the Comprehensive Plan.”

“I am grateful to have spent the last five years of my career with Charles County Government. I will leave with a great sense of pride in what my team and I have accomplished together,” said Aluotto. “It is my wish that the automation of this department will be my legacy for Charles County.”

Prior to working with Charles County Government, Aluotto held a number of leadership roles in Florida, including director of Planning and Growth Management for Hillsborough County, which has 800,000 residents. He also served as the Escambia County director of Planning and Zoning, Daytona Beach director of Development Services, and executive director of the City of Pinellas Park Community Redevelopment Agency.

The Department of Human Resources will conduct a competitive recruitment process to fill the Planning and Growth Management director position. The vacancy announcement will be posted online at Questions about the recruitment process should be directed to Human Resources at 301-645-0585. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Small Local and Minority Business Enterprise Programs Merge with Department of Economic Development

The Charles County Commissioners wish to announce the relocation of the Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) programs. Previously administered by the Purchasing Office, the SLBE and MBE programs will now be managed by the Department of Economic Development, located at 10665 Stanhaven Place, Suite 206, White Plains.

The Charles County Board of Commissioners created the SLBE program in 2012, and established the MBE program in 2005. In 2012, the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services implemented the SLBE program processes, policies, procedures, and guidelines to assist county buying agencies and small business vendors. Both the SLBE and MBE programs are designed to help promote the purchasing of county goods and services from qualified small, local, and minority-owned businesses that are operating in Charles County.

“Charles County Government is committed to economic development and advancing opportunities for county businesses,” said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff. “Consolidating the county’s business delivery services into one location will promote the efficiency of our business-friendly focus and goals.”

“Wrapping these programs within the economic development context will create synergies and complement our current outreach programs, ultimately improving service delivery to our businesses,” said Darrell Brown, director of the Department of Economic Development.

To learn more about the SLBE and MBE programs, contact Lucinia Mundy, Outreach Administrator, at 301-885-1340 or email

Planning Commission to Discuss Comprehensive Plan in Upcoming Meetings

The Charles County Commissioners would like to inform residents of the upcoming Planning Commission meetings dedicated to development of a new Comprehensive Plan. The meetings are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, and Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room at the Charles County Government building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Planning Commission meetings are aired live on CCGTV, which broadcast on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10.

Topics discussed in the Jan. 25 meeting will include Priority Preservation Areas, Mattawoman Watershed Impervious Surface Analysis, and Bryans Road Land Use. The Planning Commission Board will conclude the discussion with a list of “areas of interest” and how to proceed.

Planning Commission meeting agendas are available for public viewing at Background materials are available at

For more information, contact the Clerk to the Planning Commission Theresa Pickeral at 301-638-2409 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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