Rebecca Bridgett has been named the new county government administrator of St. Mary’s County, the St. Mary’s commissioners announced Tuesday.
Bridgett starts the job April 15 at a salary of $155,000.
John Savich, the former St. Mary’s County administrator, died Jan. 7 at the age of 60 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Savich had held the job since March 7, 2007.
Bridgett was the Charles County government administrator until June 26, 2012, when a majority of the Charles County commissioners voted to cancel her employment contract during a closed-door session.
“I think Charles County’s loss will be our gain,” St. Mary’s County Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R) said Tuesday. “It’s wonderful to see a woman in the position ... but she rose to the top based on her qualifications.”
Bridgett is the first woman hired as the St. Mary’s County administrator.
“For everyone who worked on this process, a job well done,” said Jack Russell (D), president of the St. Mary’s County commissioners. The vote to hire Bridgett was 5-0.
Bridgett is already a resident of Charlotte Hall. The county administrator is required to live in St. Mary’s County.
After being let go as the Charles County government administrator, Bridgett served as the acting director for human resources for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, starting in August.
“Dr. Bridgett has had great success in developing and implementing strategic plans, and her results-oriented leadership will bring many exciting opportunities to St. Mary’s County,” Russell said in a statement. “We are excited to have her as our key executive and welcome her to our community.”
In addition to being county administrator for Charles County, Bridgett was also director of the Charles County Department of Social Services, acting executive director of the Social Services Administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, and a member and chairwoman of the Charles County Board of Education.
She holds a doctorate in education from NOVA Southeastern University and a master’s in special education from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.