Arlington appoints acting economic development chief

Arlington Economic Development deputy director Cynthia Richmond will temporarily replace Terry Holzheimer as  chief, county manager Barbara Donnellan announced Monday, after Holzheimer’s unexpected death Saturday.

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Holzheimer, 65, died of a heart attack Saturday, just six weeks after the death of his wife of 34 years, Mary Benedette Pelletter-Holzheimer. He had worked for Arlington County since 1996, arriving from Loudoun County where he had been head of its economic development division since 1989. Two weeks ago, he met with Donnellan and the County Board to discuss plans for how to keep growth going in the face of the expansion of the Silver Line to Tysons, which some fear will draw federal agencies and contractors to less-expensive offices in Fairfax County.

Richmond, 58, has been deputy director of AED since 2005 and worked closely with Holzheimer, first in Loudoun and then in Arlington. She will serve as acting director while a search is launched to fill the position permanently.

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Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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