Matthew Simmont, 24, was introduced to the county commissioners yesterday as the new planner for the Finksburg area.
Simmont, who plans to live in Westminster, grew up in Carroll County between Westminster and Taneytown.
He graduated from Francis Scott Key High School near Union Bridge in 1993 and earned his bachelor's degree in urban studies and cartography at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland in 1998. He earned his master's degree in urban and regional planning at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., in May.
While in graduate school, Simmont worked for two years as a planner for Meridian Township, a suburb of Lansing.
He replaces Daphne Quinn, who left the county in December 1998.
Finksburg, a community of family farms and modest homes, is north of the Baltimore County line.
The unincorporated area was intended in the 1950s to be a major growth area with residential and industrial development, but concerns about Liberty Reservoir and water quality have transformed much of Finksburg into a conservation zone.