Montgomery seeks new planning board chair

By Miranda S. Spivack
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 21, 2009; 2:19 PM

The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to fill the position on the Montgomery County Planning Board being left by Royce Hanson, whose terms expires June 14. Hanson has said he does not plan to apply for reappointment.

The council expects to designate the appointee as chairman, with a salary range of $160,000 to $180,000. Applications to the council are due by March 8.

No more than three members of the Planning Board may be from the same political party, and all members must be residents and registered voters of Montgomery County when appointed. Members serve four-year terms and are limited to two full terms. The chairman's position can be filled by a Democrat or Republican; a voter who declines to affiliate with a party; or by a member of another party officially recognized by the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Besides Hanson (D), current board members are Joseph Alfandre (D), Amy Presley (R) and Vice Chairman Marye Wells-Harley (D).

The council is also searching for a replacement for Jean Cryor, a Republican board member who died last month. That position pays $30,000; applications are due by Jan. 13.

The Planning Board serves as the council's principal adviser on land-use and community planning, and oversees the county's parks. Board members also serve as commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

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