After a short search, Howard County Executive James N. Robey named James Vannoy, his administration's legislative coordinator, to replace Sang Oh as one of his two chief aides.
Vannoy, 46, said he will do both jobs until his replacement is chosen.
"I'm very impressed with his intelligence and his ability to work with everyone," Robey said, not to mention his "strong loyalty."
Vannoy has a bachelor's degree in business administration from West Virginia University, and earned a law degree from the University of Maryland in 1985.
He came to Howard from Harford County, where he worked for the County Council for 12 years. He began working for Howard County in August 1999 as a senior analyst for the County Council. He took over the legislative coordinator job in November 2000.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for me to carry the knowledge I have gained about Howard County to the next level of public service," Vannoy said about his new job.
Oh, 37, is a former assistant state's attorney who joined Robey's staff in March 1999. He left the county Feb. 1 to join the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston.
Vannoy will earn $73,882, the same salary Oh received.