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Davidsonville Man To Help 'Modernize' County

The most recent appointment made by County Executive Laura Neuman is NASA contractor Richard Durkee as director of information technology.

Davidsonville resident Richard Durkee was named the new director of information technology on Wednesday by Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman.

Durkee, currently a NASA contractor, will lead the "modernization of county government" starting March 4, according to a press release. This proclamation comes after The Capital-Gazette reported that Neuman had to order a computer for her office and that former county executive John Leopold was not known to be "tech savvy."

“Richard Durkee will develop a plan to make this County work smarter through better use of technology,” Neuman said in a prepared statement. “Data is the key to efficiency and measuring results.”

In addition to his experience as a contractor providing information technology services and support to NASA, the release states that Durkee served as chief operating officer for Matrics when Neuman was chief executive officer—the company was sold for $230 million in 2004.

“I am honored that County Executive Neuman has asked me to serve the public in this way,” Durkee said in a prepared statement. “Our goal is to modernize County government and do it in a fiscally responsible way.”

According to a press release, the 57-year-old Durkee has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University. He is married with three children.

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