Analyst to focus on developing county's economy

March 30, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Kevin L. Grabill, a senior Carroll management and budget analyst, will be transferred to the county's Economic Development Office next month in a move that will bring it to full staff.

He will become the business development representative April 21.

William E. Jenne, the economic development administrator, said Mr. Grabill's transfer will put the office at full staff for the first time since 1992.

Mr. Grabill, one of about 115 people who applied for the job, will have a wide range of responsibilities.

"His primary focus will be generating new business investment," Mr. Jenne said. "We're real excited about bringing his expertise into the office."

Mr. Grabill said he will also work to help existing businesses expand.

He will be paid $29,250, the same amount he earns in the budget office, according to the county personnel office.

Mr. Grabill has worked in the budget office for 4 1/2 years. He has overseen the operating-budget process and has been responsible for public safety budgets, including those of the county sheriff, state's attorney, resident troopers and volunteer firefighters.

Budget Director Steven D. Powell and the commissioners are interviewing candidates to replace Mr. Grabill.

The position of business development representative is similar to a job held by Mr. Jenne until two years ago, the administrator said.

Mr. Jenne, who has worked on county economic development since 1986, was named the office administrator after economic development director James C. Threatte quit in July 1992. The commissioners decided not to name a new director and decided that Mr. Jenne would report to Robert A. "Max" Bair Jr., the commissioners' executive assistant and director of administrative services.

Others in the Economic Development Office are Eileen Shields, the marketing manager, and Jenny Martin, the administrative secretary.

Mr. Jenne said the decision to hire Mr. Grabill was made by a panel that included himself, Ms. Shields, Ms. Martin, Economic Development Commission Chairman Paul Denton and Industrial Development Authority Chairman Arthur Peck.

Mr. Grabill, 35, is a Carroll native who lives near New Windsor.

He has a master's degree in business administration from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg and a bachelor's degree from Towson State University.

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