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Berlage, Loehr Announce Appointment of Mooney as Acting Deputy Director of Park and Planning Commission

August 23, 2005

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery County Planning Board Chairman Derick Berlage and Park and Planning Department Director Charlie Loehr announced the appointment of Bill Mooney as acting deputy director of the agency.

Mooney’s appointment is effective immediately. The deputy director position opened earlier this month following the retirement of Don Cochran who served the Commission for more than 20 years.

“Bill is a highly skilled, highly respected public servant who has worked on behalf of the Montgomery County community for more than 30 years,” said Berlage. “He has an extensive record of success in devising and implementing workable solutions to a variety of challenges facing our county. ”

He will join a team of Commission employees who are coordinating with numerous county agencies to improve and streamline internal and external development plan compliance procedures.

Specifically, he will address inconsistencies in development plans for Clarksburg Town Center and interface with various community groups.

“This agency has been an integral part of planning for the high quality of life we enjoy in Montgomery County,” said Mooney. “I intend to work with my colleagues to build on that success and ensure we continue that tradition.”

Since 2003, Mooney has served as chief of the agency’s enterprise division and oversaw all Commission-owned and operated facilities that charge user fees. The division manages four near-professional level golf courses, an ice rink and dozens of public-private partnerships. Loehr appointed Jerry Bush, who has worked in the enterprise division for 34 years, acting director of the enterprise division.

Prior to his employment with the Commission, Mooney served as the county’s assistant chief administrative officer and was responsible for serving as a liaison for the successful revitalization of downtown Silver Spring. He has extensive project and personnel management experience as well as expertise in building and overseeing budget processes.

Mooney, 54, a former Montgomery County police officer, lives with his wife in Olney.