Howard County’s Ulman makes administrative changes

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Monday announced executive changes in three county agencies for his second term.

John Byrd, who has been serving as acting director of the county’s Recreation and Parks system since the death of Gary Arthur in May, has been named the new director, effective immediately.  Also, David B. Nitkin, longtime reporter and editor at the Baltimore Sun, has been hired as the county’s Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs.

Ulman also said that Cable Administrator Lori Sherwood is leaving that position to work full-time on the county’s new $72 million federal grant program to create the Inter-County Broadband Network. Ned Cheston, the county’s lobbyist in Annapolis, will be moving from his legislative duties to serve as acting cable administrator.

The changes regarding Nitkin, Sherwood and Cheston will become effective in January 2011.