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Belton previously held post in Queen Anne’s

Mark Belton has been named Charles County’s new county administrator, the county commissioners announced Thursday evening.

Belton has 29 years of leadership experience in business management and public policy in the government and nonprofit sectors, according to a county government news release. His local government experience is especially comprehensive, having served as a governor-appointed member of a local board of education and an elected member of a county's governing body, the release states.

He served for 11 years as county administrator for jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia.

From 2005 to 2012, he was the Page County, Va., administrator, and from 1999 to 2002, he was the county administrator in Queen Anne’s County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“I'm both professionally privileged and personally delighted with the opportunity to serve as county administrator for Charles County, Md. I'm particularly looking forward to working with the board of county commissioners to achieve their goals for the county, and to working with the county's dedicated staff in serving the needs of citizens," Belton said in the release.

"Mr. Belton's skills as an administrator are evident from his previous experience. Hiring Mr. Belton will ensure a swift and smooth transition for Charles County government, and we look forward to welcoming him," commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly (D) said.

Belton will start his new job Dec. 17.

As the county administrator, Belton will oversee all county departments and be responsible for the day-to-day management of county government.