SILVER SPRING, MD — The director of the Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning, Charles Loehr, announced today his intention to retire effective October 31, 2005.
“I am extraordinarily proud of the work our staff has done to be good stewards of our county’s land, protect the agricultural reserve and increase the size our park system,” said Loehr. “It’s time for the agency to take a fresh view at what is required to move us forward to the future.”
Loehr joined the agency in 1980 and served in a variety of capacities including environmental planner, subdivision supervisor, deputy director, chief of development review and director of the agency.
Under his leadership, Loehr and the agency won national accolades for superior management of the county’s park system; he expanded efforts in developing beneficial public-private partnerships; and he established a comprehensive diversity plan for more than 900 employees.
Last year, he led the effort to dramatically increase the agency’s budget allotment from the County Council. He instituted new computer systems to more efficiently manage park maintenance issues and provide a means for citizens to sign up for classes and programs online.
“Charlie will indeed be greatly missed,” said Planning Board Chairman Derick Berlage. “I have depended on his vast expertise and his incredible sense of responsibility he has to our agency. His shoes will not easily be filled.”