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Charles County Fiscal and Administrative Services Director Deborah Hudson will be promoted to deputy county administrator effective Aug. 5, the county has announced.

Hudson will fill a position that has been vacant since former deputy county administrator Roy Hancock retired at the end of last year, two weeks into County Administrator Mark Belton’s tenure with the county.

Hancock stayed on in a part-time role as the county searched for his replacement, and currently spends one day a week at the county government building, but Hudson said she is looking forward to aiding Belton full time.

“My first reaction was excitement. I’m really pleased to take over this role in Charles County. I wouldn’t have applied for it if I didn’t really want it,” she said. “I think I’m a good communicator. I think I have a good management style. I really believe in Charles County government and all the wonderful people that work here, so I’m excited about actually broadening my level of responsibility and, honestly, helping Mark out.”

As his deputy, Hudson will coordinate long-term projects that involve multiple county departments and directly supervise the county’s safety and tourism offices, media team and security manager, Belton said.

“I fully expect that every day we’ll be coordinating and divvying up tasks,” Belton said. “We’re very much a team.”

Hudson also will fill in as acting administrator whenever Belton is off serving with the U.S. Navy Reserve, of which he has been a member since 1991.

Hudson first joined the county in fall 2007 as the director of administrative services, overseeing the accounting, budget, information technology, purchasing and treasury divisions. The nation’s three major credit rating agencies have consistently awarded the county high marks during her tenure.

Hudson previously worked as a purchasing manager with Charles County Public Schools and a finance director for Calvert County Public Schools.

Charles County commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly (D) said that Hudson’s spirited demeanor has and will continue to serve her well in county leadership.

“She is very enthusiastic, and in government, it’s easy to get in a rut just by the nature of the way government operates, so it’s always good to have someone in leadership who has that kind of enthusiasm,” Kelly said.

Hudson said she believes that her fiscal background will be an asset in her new position, particularly her work on previous county budgets, which required her to work with all county departments.

“I think one of the things I bring to the position is I’m really a known quantity. I know all the individuals I’ll be working with” within county government and at outside agencies, like the Charles County Board of Education and the Department of Social Services, Hudson said. “I already have established relationships with them, and they’re positive relationships.”

“I’m particularly excited with Deborah’s background overseeing the various fiscal divisions,” Belton said. “She has an extremely good, in-depth understanding of each department’s work plan, so I think she’s ideally suited for the role.”

Kelly called Hudson “the ideal candidate, because from her position as the director of fiscal services, she really touches every single department in county government.”

Kelly added that, “As a woman, I’m always happy to see women move forward in the organization. It’s heartwarming to see [Hudson] move forward in her career.”

Hudson said she also will help Belton ensure that the county commissioners’ annual goals and objectives are implemented across county government.

“Having that position fully staffed really helps Mark make sure we don’t miss any of the targets set by the commissioners,” she added.

Chief of Budget David Eicholtz will serve as acting director of fiscal and administrative services while the county searches for Hudson’s replacement.

jnewman@somdnews.com