Anne Arundel executive names new IT chief

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman on Tuesday named a former colleague to replace the county's information and technology chief.

Rick Durkee of Davidsonville, an IT contractor with NASA —who was chief operating officer of Matrics Inc., a developer of microelectronic devices, when Neuman was its CEO — is expected to direct the technological modernization of the county government. Under Neuman's helm, Matrics was turned around from near-insolvency and was sold for $230 million in 2004.

He takes over from Bill Ryan, whose resignation as the county's IT director was accepted Tuesday.

Ryan is the fourth county worker to be out of a job in two days, following County Attorney Jonathan Hodgson, security contractor Bill Hyers and chief of staff Erik Robey.

Taking over as Neuman's chief of staff is David Cordle, who left his position Monday as chief investigator for the county prosecutor's office for the position.

The Anne Arundel County Council appointed Neuman Thursday night to fill the approximately 22 months remaining in the term of John R. Leopold, who resigned after he was found guilty in January of two counts of misconduct in office. Neuman had asked at-will employees close to her precedessor in office to tender resignations.

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