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County Executive Leopold Congratulates Controller Brown on Retirement

Eight-year veteran leaves after 41 years of public service

Annapolis (October 14, 2008)-County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that County Controller Bill Brown will retire at the end of this year to spend more time with his family.

Brown has worked for Anne Arundel County for eight years after 23 years of service to Prince George’s County and 10 years in Baltimore City. He was responsible for automating and implementing new accounting practices and played a key role in building a strong reputation for the County which led to earning a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s.

"Bill Brown has been an excellent steward of Anne Arundel County’s finances for eight years, and we hate to see him go," County Executive Leopold said. "I wish him the best of luck in his retirement."

Rick Drain will take over for Brown on January 1, 2009. Drain has been an internal auditor on the executive staff for more than two years, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He was formerly the audit manager for the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and daughter.

"I want to thank County Executive Leopold for this opportunity," Drain said. "Bill is a hard act to follow, but I’m ready to get started."

Brown has been commuting from Delaware and living on his sailboat as his family settles into a new house there, and he said he is looking forward to joining his wife and son.

"I have the greatest respect for County Executive Leopold and know he’s going to do right by Anne Arundel County," Brown said. "I’m excited about the next chapter in my life and confident that Rick Drain will help bring the County continued success."


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