After five years of serving as the deputy director of the county's Department of Housing and Community Development, Tom Carbo has received a promotion.

County Executive Ken Ulman announced Thursday, Feb. 9 that he has selected Carbo to replace Stacy Spann as the county's housing director. Spann, one of Ulman's first administrative hires, resigned in December to take a position in Montgomery County.

The housing director oversees the county's Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as the Howard County Housing Commission, the county's public housing authority.

"I am proud to work with a dedicated group of people who have made so much progress over the past five years in making Howard County one of the best places to live," Carbo said in a statement. "The projects we are moving forward are advancing the County's strategic housing plan which will help us to better serve our residents and strengthen our quality of life."


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Under Spann's and Carbo's joint leadership, the county has more than doubled its renting portfolio over the last five years from 370 units to nearly 1,000 units, started redevelopment projects for two of the county's aging low-income housing communities and developed the nation's first affordable, green, universally-designed, single-family, for-sale community.

Before serving as the deputy housing director, Carbo spent 13 years as an assistant county solicitor. During that time, he helped create the Howard County Housing Commission.

Carbo began his career as an assistant attorney general for the state's Department of Housing and Community Development. He has also served as the Howard County hearing examiner and labor coordinator.

"Tom is uniquely qualified for this job; his in depth knowledge of the county, it's communities, and the projects already underway make him the right person for this job," Ulman said in a statement. "I look forward to Tom's continued leadership as we work to expand and preserve affordable housing opportunities within our communities."