The Neall administration has appointed a senior assistant county attorney to deal exclusively with environmental protection and land-use issues.

Patricia A. Logan, an assistant attorney general for the state Department of Transportation since January 1990, will start workSept. 16. She will be paid $63,000 a year.

Logan worked for Anne Arundel County for seven years before shifting to the state. During her seven years with the county, she revisedthe county code.

"I am pleased that Patricia Logan is returning to our Office of Law," County Executive Robert R. Neall said in a statement yesterday. "We have a great deal to accomplish in the area of environmental protection, and she has a great deal of experience and knowledge in this field."

County Attorney Stephen Beard said Logan's position is not a new one and will add no money to the law office'sbudget. She replaces former assistant county attorney Dave Bliden, who left to become director of the Maryland Association of Counties.

Beard said the appointment brings the county up to par with other jurisdictions that have an environmental attorney. He said Logan's responsibilities will save the county the expense of hiring lawyers to handle construction-delay cases.

In addition to legal matters, Logan will handle U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund cases and storm-water management. She will also keep abreast of changes in environmental regulations.

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