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Neuman Brings More New Blood to Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman continued to change the leadership in Anne Arundel this week.

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman's transformation of departments within the county government continued this week, as two more people were replaced.

A press release from Neuman's office announced the appointment of two new members to the Constituent Services team. The release did not mention any dismissals, but The Maryland-Gazette reported the appointments came with the removal of two constituent services specialists.

Mark Chang and Kelsey McConkey, both of whom represented north county, are no longer county employees, according to The Gazette.

Neuman announced Eastport resident Hope Stewart will represent south county and Annapolis, while Amy Leahy will represent her hometown of Severna Park and west county. North county will be temporarily represented by a veteran constituent services employee.

"Our primary purpose is to provide service to citizens, and Hope and Amy will bring energy and commitment to addressing the needs of our community," Neuman said in the press release. "They are very familiar with the areas they are serving. They are an extension of my philosophy to provide responsive and professional service."

Here is a rundown of the cuts and additions made under Neuman:

Employees Out

  • Jonathan Hodgson, county attorney (acting county attorney is David A. Plymyer)
  • Erik Robey, chief of staff
  • William Hyers, camera system monitor
  • William Ryan, director of information technology
  • Carla Sagerholm, executive administrative secretary
  • Brenda Reiber, director of constituent services
  • Mark Chang, constituent services representative (north county)
  • Kelsey McConkey, constituent services representative (north county)


Employees In

  • David Cordle, chief of staff
  • Richard Durkee, director of information technology
  • Hope Stewart, constituent services representative (south county, Annapolis)
  • Amy Leahy, constituent services representative (west county, Severna Park)


For more stories on Neuman's actions as county executive, follow these links:

  • County Exec Names Evaluation Committee Members
  • County Exec Builds New Administration
  • David Cordle Named Chief of Staff in Anne Arundel
Gary Falls March 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM
It is my hope that the individual that is chosen to represent the Noth County area, will be as respectful and dedicated as the former county employee, Mark Chang. Those are going to be BIG shoes to fill. Thank you Mark for everything you have done for the people of North County.
Sylvia Mentecki March 29, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Reading and rereading the above quote from Ms Newman alarms me even more now than I was before. If the primary purpose is to provide services to the community, then it would appear she didn't look at anything that Mark Chang had done or was continuing to do for North County. Mark was more committed than most people that I see in our local area government. I actually started to pay attention to local government goings on having met Mark and seeing how he went into action when anyone in the area had a question or concern. I saw results! I'm not sure how knowing Eastport and South County is being familiar with North County. I see she dismissed not one but two people from our area. I thought Anne Arundel County was about to make a new future for its self, looks like maybe only Ms Newman’s friends have the new future.
Brian Hooks (Editor) March 29, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Reports say the county is still taking applications, and the north county role is being temporarily filled by a woman who has been with constituent services.
Jeannie March 29, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Does anyone know what happened at the Compass Pointe Golf Course area today 3/29/13. Police, fire engines and 2 helicopters hovering for a long time.

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