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Council confirms Stoddard as assistant chief administrative officer for county

Mora, Weissmann named to vacant assistant CAO positions

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Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Earl Stoddard.

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The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Earl Stoddard as assistant chief administrative officer, a position he held on an interim basis since the summer.

Stoddard previously served as director of emergency management and homeland security, and had been a top official on public health issues in the county throughout the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also Tuesday, County Executive Marc Elrich named Sonia Mora and Yaakov “Jake” Weissmann to fill vacant assistant CAO positions.

The council appointed Stoddard to be an acting assistant CAO in July, following the departure of Assistant CAO Caroline Sturgis. Sturgis has since taken a job as the budget director in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Following Sturgis’s resignation, Assistant CAO Jerome Fletcher left to take a job in Sarasota County, Fla., and Assistant CAO Adriana Hochberg was appointed Montgomery County’s climate change officer.

Stoddard’s responsibilities include examining staffing and retention in the county’s police and fire departments, improving responses to public safety, increasing pay for first responders and ensuring health equity during the pandemic, he previously told Bethesda Beat.

Stoddard’s salary as Assistant CAO will be $183,000.

Mora has worked in county government for decades and currently is the director of the Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar Initiative, which is the county’s outreach effort to the Latino community on COVID-19, according to a press release.

Mora will oversee the county’s child care initiative and other issues related to Montgomery County Public Schools, according to a press release.

Weissmann was most recently the chief of staff to Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City), and previously held the same position when Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. was Senate president.

He worked in the Senate for about 12 years.

Weissmann will work on the county’s economic development and business advancement efforts, according to a press release.

Both Mora and Weissmann are being appointed at salaries of $175,000, Scott Peterson, a spokesman for Elrich’s office, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Tuesday.

The nominations are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Interviews with the council are scheduled for Oct. 5, although a vote has not yet been scheduled.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com