Legal Adviser for Planning Board Named Department’s Acting Deputy Director

Legal Adviser for Planning Board Named Department’s Acting Deputy Director

Carol Rubin will fill vacancy created by retirement of Rose Krasnow, a county executive candidate

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Carol Rubin


An attorney who advises the county planning board will help lead the planning department as officials seek a permanent replacement for Rose Krasnow, who left the agency as she runs for county executive.

Carol Rubin has worked since 2005 as principal counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and has weighed in on everything from real estate transactions to long-range growth plans, a press release stated.

“She will do an excellent job while we search for a permanent deputy over the next few months,” county Planning Director Gwen Wright said in a prepared statement.

Krasnow retired last month from her job with the planning department, where she’d worked since 2004, and is focusing on her campaign.

Rubin said she’s spent about the past decade representing the planning board and planning department and has handled knotty legal issues surrounding development plans for the Westbard area and Clarksburg.

A federal judge in August threw out a developer’s lawsuit against the county because of decisions that had taken development potential from empty land near Ten Mile Creek west of Interstate 270. The case involving redevelopment plans in the Westbard neighborhood is still in court.

Rubin said she expects the search for a permanent deputy director will take four to six months. During that time, Matthew Mills will fill in for Rubin to lead the planning board’s legal team.

Earlier in Rubin’s career, she worked in the Montgomery County attorney’s office on real estate transactions, economic development and community affairs issues. In the 1990s, then-County Executive Doug Duncan assigned her to provide legal oversight for the Silver Spring redevelopment project.

She left the county to work for several years in the private sector, where she was in-house general counsel for a commercial real estate company. There, she helped sell property to Discovery Communications for what would become the company’s downtown Silver Spring headquarters.

Rubin also spent time dealing with real estate transactions as in-house counsel for ExxonMobil Corp., she said.

As she nears retirement from her job with the planning department, Rubin said she’s excited to spend time as acting deputy director.

“I don’t see myself making huge changes, but to really support Gwen and to make sure that we can keep the department moving forward in the successful way that it is,” she said.

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