County Executive Laura Neuman has announced the appointment of Scott Shaffer to the position of county economist — a first for Anne Arundel County.
Shaffer’s role will include assisting the Office of the Budget and Office of Finance in data collection and analysis, and he is also charged with analyzing and finding “spending efficiencies within county departments and identify national and statewide trends that set Anne Arundel County apart,” according to a county news release.
In addition, Neuman said, he will work on special projects, which include assessing the economic impact of stormwater fees and examining and comparing tax structures of Anne Arundel County to other counties in the state.
An Anne Arundel County native, Shaffer holds a master’s degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Guilford College in North Carolina.
Prior to his work in county government, he worked as a project specialist for FTI Consulting Inc. He also served as a senior financial analyst for Washington law firm Covington & Burling and in other financial analysis positions, including as a financial systems developer for the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Shaffer also is vice chairman of the Anne Arundel County Republican Party.
Shaffer started with the county on Sept. 30 and will make $110,000 pear year. Though the position of county economist is new, Shaffer is filling a vacant position for a special assistant in the county executive’s office.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun