Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has hired a new chief spokeswoman.
Walinda "Linda" West is now director of communications for the county. She started Monday, and will receive a salary of $120,000, officials said.
West had worked with Neuman when she was CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. Neuman left that post when she was appointed in February as Anne Arundel County Executive.
Before serving as communications director for the Howard County Economic Development Authority, West worked for seven years in public affairs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
West also has experience with various nonprofit and government agencies in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She also covered community news for The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, according to the county executive's office.
She holds a degree in communications from Eastern University.
"I know firsthand that her extensive background in communications and public affairs will be a valuable addition to our team," Neuman said in a statement.