Flowers is new deputy director of county zoning department

May 02, 2007|by a sun reporter

Kimberley Flowers, a former government employee in Washington and Baltimore, has been named deputy director of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning.

In the $104,187-a-year position, Flowers will serve as an ombudsman among the department, community and other government officials. She began her new job Monday.

The position was recommended in February by a transition team for County Executive Ken Ulman, which said that there was a need to establish greater trust with the community.

Flowers, 35, was director of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. She resigned in January when Mayor Adrian Fenty took office. She had a similar position in Baltimore before leaving in 2005.

Flowers and her husband, Willie, live in Washington and have 7-month-old twin sons.

The ombudsman position was appealing, she said, because "it's a wonderful opportunity to serve in a highly energetic administration ... and utilize all the skills I have developed."

In 1994, Flowers earned a bachelor of science degree in speech communications and public relations from James Madison University, and a master's degree four years later in urban planning from New York University.

She worked for 18 months for the Silver Spring-based planning firm Hammer, Siler, George Associates.

Flowers' experience "makes her uniquely qualified to take on this new position," Ulman said. "As our county faces complex planning and growth management challenges, it is important that we have someone who can focus on community outreach and keeping our citizens well informed."

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