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County Executive Pittman Announces New Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Departmental Leadership Changes

Dr. Jennifer Purcell, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Pittman Administration veteran Dr. Jennifer Purcell takes on new role as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer; Office of Planning and Zoning, Department of Finance leaders announce resignations

Annapolis, MD (December 16, 2022) - Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the promotion of Dr. Jennifer Purcell to the role of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. Dr. Purcell, who has also served as Chief of Staff and is currently Director of Special Projects, will assume her new role on January 5, 2023.

“Jen has been a foundational presence on our team, leading countless projects and initiatives to completion,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “Her experience and knowledge of County government makes her a perfect fit for this role as we move forward with an ambitious agenda for the next four years.”

Dr. Purcell’s portfolio included spearheading a two-year strategic planning process, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Joint Commission on the Opportunity Gap, Community Support Grants, Police Accountability Board selection and training, Inter-Agency Task Force reporting, and youth programs among others. She was the go-to person for initiatives that didn’t fall within the purview of other staff or needed leadership and coordination before full-time staff were hired.

In other staffing changes, Office of Planning and Zoning Officer Steve Kaii-Ziegler and Office of Finance Controller Karin McQuade announced their resignations. Department of Inspections and Permits Director Mark Wedemeyer will serve as Interim Planning and Zoning Officer. Financial Reporting Manager Kevin McMahon will serve as Acting Controller until Dec. 27, when Assistant Controller Billie Penley will take over as Acting Controller.

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