A veteran lawyer and hearing examiner for Anne Arundel County has been chosen to be the new administrator of the Howard County Council.
Stephen M. LeGendre was chosen from among 115 applicants for the $135,616-a-year position, Howard County officials said. The 57-year-old Reisterstown resident will replace Sheila M. Tolliver, the council administrator since 1998 who also served a 20-month stint before 1994. She is retiring Feb. 1. The two will work together as part of a transition, starting Jan. 5, Tolliver said.
As council administrator, LeGendre will help steer the staff and council members through the crafting of a new master plan for redeveloping central Columbia and ease the transition back to the renovated George Howard Building in Ellicott City next year. The county government is working in rented space in Columbia.
LeGendre has been Anne Arundel's administrative hearing officer for 11 years, he said, and he worked 11 years before that as an assistant and then deputy county attorney. He said he felt as if he would be a "good fit" after his interviews with council members.
In addition to earning a law degree from the University of Maryland, LeGendre has studied taxation policy at the University of Baltimore, according to an announcement.