Kenneth C. Nohe's short and troubled tenure as director of Baltimore County's Economic Development Commission came to a merciful end with his resignation last week.
During his seven months in the job, Mr. Nohe exhibited more of a talent for generating controversy than for creating an economic vision. Indeed, if the brief Nohe era was not very substantive, it was at least interesting. Maybe too interesting.
County business leaders followed Mr. Nohe's misadventures with no small amount of anxiety. The April resignation of commission chairman A. Samuel Cook, a respected local attorney, was a particularly telling event. Business people wondered, if such a valued figure was at odds with the administration of County Executive Roger B. Hayden, then how solid was the county's economic development program?