Following the dictates of a charter amendment approved by county voters in November, the Harford County Council recently confirmed the appointments of a dozen deputy department heads in County Executive Barry Glassman's administration.

The deputy directors, who were approved by the council March 10, are:

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• Rick Ayers, Department of Emergency Services;

• Steven Overbay, Office of Economic Development;

• Joel Caudill, Department of Public Works, Water and Sewer Division;

• Tom Hilton, Department of Public Works, Environmental Services Division;

• Scott Kearby, Department of Public Works, Construction Management Division;

• Sharon Lipford, Department of Community Services;

• Paul Magness, Department of Parks and Recreation;

• Cindy Mumby, Office of Governmental and Community Relations;

• Rick Pernas, Department of the Treasury;

• Richard Truitt, Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits;

• Janet Schaub,Department of Human Resources;

• Jenny King, Department of Planning and Zoning.

Since then, however, Schaub has decided to retire, and it was announced Thursday that Tiffany S. Stephens has been appointed acting deputy director.

Stephens is joining the county from the private sector, most recently employed as a compensation analyst for MedStar Health, and her permanent appointment must still be approved by the county council.

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She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore and a master's certification in Foundations of HR from the University of Maryland University College, according to a county news release. She is a Professional in Human Resources and professionally certified by the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also an active member of the Maryland Healthcare Human Resources Association, serving on the Compensation Committee.

Most of the other deputy directors are holdovers from the administration of former county executive David Craig, whom Glassman succeeded on Dec. 1, 2014.

King is new to Harford government, as is Mumby, whose department was created by Glassman, as was her position. King was hired by Glassman and works under the new Planning and Zoning Director Bradley Killian and replaced Anthony McClune, who has moved to the position of chief of current planning, according to Mumby, who is also the administration's spokesperson.

Overbay was promoted internally. He had been the agency's BRAC coordinator and has replaced Denise Carnaggio, who has moved to the position of coordinator of the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, the same agency previously overseen by Economic Development Director Karen Holt.

Prior to an internal reorganization by the current administration, there was a manager and a coordinator position in CSSC, which had been consolidated into one position, Mumby said. Those positions had been held by Holt and Overbay, respectively.

The deputy director role is now more involved in facilities management and contract management, Mumby said, while "Denise's [Carnaggio] strength as a liaison with Aberdeen Proving Ground made her a perfect fit for CSSC, which sustains the mission of APG and supports economic vitality in the region."

Until the charter was changed, deputy department directors enjoyed protection as classified employees and could only be removed for cause.

With backing from Glassman, the previous county council sought to make those positions exempt, the same as a department head, meaning they would serve at the pleasure of the county executive during the executive's four-year term and be subject to reappointment and council confirmation with each succeeding council. The change was approved by voters in the general election.

Craig, with the support of many of the affected individuals who were retained by Glassman, opposed the change, saying it would politicize positions and disrupt continuity from one administration to the next.

Craig vetoed the amendment after the council approved it, but the veto was overridden and the amendment easily passed in a referendum on the November general election ballot.

The previous council was headed by Billy Boniface, who has since become Glassman's top aide, as director of administration. Boniface sponsored the charter amendment changing the deputy directors' employment status.

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