Former Maryland Labor Secretary nominated as Baltimore County’s economic growth director

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. has nominated Leonard J. Howie III to provide as the county’s up coming director of economic and workforce development.


Howie, who formerly served as Maryland Secretary of the Division of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, will guide endeavours to develop the county’s financial state, in accordance to Thursday information release from the county. Howie will be replacing Will Anderson, who served in that part considering that 2013 till he stepped down in July.

Howie will direct the county’s efforts to entice and keep companies, and he will be tasked with top the county’s efforts to help staff and corporations recovering through the pandemic. He will be paid out a income of $190,000, according to county spokesman Sean Naron.

In a assertion, Howie explained he’s “grateful” for the opportunity to provide Baltimore County, and he appears to be forward to working with the county to assist organizations and to aid family members.

As Maryland Labor Secretary, Howie oversaw an agency with more than 1,600 personnel and an operating spending plan of $360 million, in accordance to the county. He formerly served as the Deputy Secretary of Functions for the Maryland Division of Human Means. He also served as Deputy Secretary for the condition Section of Labor from 2007-2011.

In 2015, Howie joined the Obama Administration and was appointed to provide as director of the U.S. Division of Labor’s Workplace of Workers’ Payment Packages. He afterwards served as an administrative appeals judge for the U.S. Division of Labor, labored in private practice concentrating on labor and education issues, and most recently was the acting CEO of WorkSource Montgomery.

Howie has also served as an legal professional advisor with the Workplace for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Schooling. He started his vocation in support as an infantry officer in the United States Maritime Corps. He retains a bachelor’s diploma from the College of Cincinnati, a master’s in business enterprise administration from Georgetown College, a law degree from the Georgetown College Law Center, and has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1994.

Olszewski, a Democrat, explained in a assertion that Howie provides an “impressive monitor record and the enthusiasm we want to aid our family members and firms.”

“Leonard’s huge practical experience in government and skills in supporting our workforce will be vital as we recuperate from the pandemic and go on to establish a far better Baltimore County, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to our staff,” Olszewski stated in a statement.

County Councilman David Marks, a Perry Corridor Republican, said he needs to hear Howie’s ideas for enhancing the county’s overall economy and its workforce. The following director desires to have knowledge monitoring work and coaching a workforce, and Marks acknowledged Howie’s “strong history for workforce development.”

On the other hand, Marks also mentioned Howie served through Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration, which “was not exactly identified for its professional-enterprise insurance policies.”

“The county government has the proper to appoint the individuals about him, and I have nearly normally supported that correct, but on the other hand, he’s coming from a condition administration that was considered very unfavorably by lots of small business entrepreneurs,” Marks explained.

Howie’s nomination is at present pending approval by the County Council.


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