Norman Myers, a member of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association's board of directors for eight years, was chosen Wednesday as the group's new president.
The board voted unanimously to select Myers,who takes over an association marred by controversy since November, when a Silver Spring developer packed an election and had its slate of candidates elected.
In an unsigned flier distributed before the election by Halle Cos., which is building 4,700 homes in the Seven Oaks community in Odenton, the company backed Mary Chewning for president and three people running for the 12-member board.
Chewning defeated association-backed Sally Shoemaker by two votes. Two other Halle-backed candidates also won.
But controversy over the election prompted Chewning to resign last month, just one week after being sworn in. She said board members and residents had spread derogatory rumors about her personal life.
Shoemaker said yesterday that she chose not to seek the presidency again because of the controversy.
"It would not be wise," she said. "I didn't think it would be in the best interests of the organization. It would just complicate things."
Myers, who is on vacation this week, was unavailable for comment.
Shoemaker was selectedto take over Myers' position as first vice president. Bert Rice, wholost in November's election to a Halle-backed candidate, was chosen to take the last open seat.
All three members must be approved by the general membership at the Feb. 19 meeting.