Arundel's land-use officer chosen as Owens' top aide

October 26, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens tapped her land-use and environment officer as her next top aide yesterday.

Robert L. Walker, 54, a former diplomat and state Secretary of Agriculture, will take over as Owens' chief administrative officer. He replaces John Brusnighan, who retired last month.

Before going to work in county government in 2001, Walker held diplomatic assignments in Ukraine and Russia for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From 1986 to 1994, he worked for the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

As the county's land-use officer, Walker oversaw planning and zoning, inspections and permits, public works, and the office of environmental and cultural resources.

Owens, a Democrat from Millersville, is nearly one year into her second four-year term. Walker will be her third chief administrative officer, she said.

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