Annapolis names director of Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs

December 17, 2010|By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun

Annapolis city officials have named a municipal government veteran as the next director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs.

City Manager Michael Malinoff tapped Maria T. Broadbent, the city's environmental program coordinator, for the role, city officials announced last week.

"Maria is one of the most driven individuals I know when it comes to environmental sustainability," Mayor Joshua J. Cohen said in a statement. "Her experience is matched only by her passion for creating a cleaner and greener Annapolis, which is evident through the numerous programs she has cultivated."

Broadbent will serve as the acting director until she is confirmed by the City Council. The confirmation hearing has been set for Monday, Dec. 20.

Broadbent has worked as the city's environmental program coordinator since January 2008, working on stewardship and sustainability programs, including energy efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, environmental compliance, recycling and storm-water management.

Broadbent will assume the duties from Maria Brown, who had managed the department since July, when Cohen picked Malinoff, then the department's director, to serve as city manager. Brown will return to her previous position as assistant to the director of DNEP.

From 2005 to 2008, Broadbent served in the office of the city manager in Rockville as the ombudsman, acting as the liaison between the government and residents.

For the previous 11 years, Broadbent was the Clean City Program coordinator in Newport, R.I., charged with reducing the impact of tourism and managing the city's refuse and recycling programs.

In 1994, she operated a three-town quasi-municipal solid waste facility in East Corinth, Maine. From 1989 to 1992, she established and ran a quasi-municipal recyclables processing facility that served about 9,000 residents in 11 towns in Maine.

A native of Beltsville, Broadbent holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Unity College and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Rhode Island.

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