Transportation planner Horn promoted to supervisory position in department Longtime employee will oversee 20 staffers, master plan review

November 04, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Steve Horn is only two weeks into his new job as bureau chief of planning for Carroll County, but his is a familiar face in the county Department of Planning, which oversees county development.

A county employee for nearly nine years and most recently senior transportation planner, Horn was promoted to the No. 3 spot, behind the director and deputy director of planning. He will oversee about 20 staff members.

The promotion leaves two vacancies in the planning department. In addition to the transportation planner position, the county also has an opening for a comprehensive planner for South Carroll after Helen Spinelli resigned from that position last week to take a job in Caroline County. The county is advertising both jobs.

Horn, 35, will oversee the reworking of the county's master plan and the mapping and drafting departments; prepare the bureau's operating budget; and continue supervising the transportation section. The job pays $47,717 annually.

A graduate of Frostburg State University, Horn earned a master's degree in city regional planning from Morgan State University in 1994.

He sees "day-to-day management of a professional planning staff" as his biggest challenge. He also wants to keep residents NTC apprised of all planning issues.

"I want to make sure the process we go through involves citizens' input," he said. "We want to be open and responsive to their concerns.

"We must strike a balance between citizens' participation and the necessary public approval. I am making a conscious effort to keep the planning process open."

Residents can expect to see him at community meetings and planning sessions.

"I will be out in the trenches still," he said.

Most recently Horn has worked on a comprehensive transportation plan for the county and has helped with a State Highway Administration study of Route 32 in South Carroll. The county is hoping to make Route 32 its major access to interstates.

"All the mapping for the Route 32 project is finished, and the text of the report is drafted," said Horn. "It should all be ready by the end of the year."

Until a South Carroll planner is hired, Horn will be involved in the Freedom miniplan update, he said. He also wants to create a transportation policy compatible with all land-use decisions.

"The perspective we need is how to use our transportation system to implement land-use goals," he said.

Pub Date: 11/04/96

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