Sager will be paid about $31,000, she said.
He will work on statewide and Western Maryland programs, she said.
Gregson said Sager will assist nonprofit groups and small businesses applying for state funding through programs such as the Maryland Business Development Program. His job will include helping those groups develop their projects.
Sager also will present training programs to revitalization, business and municipal groups, Gregson said.
Gregson said Sager got the job because of his interest in revitalization and downtown development. His experience as the mayor of a small city for 12 years also helped, she said.
"We were glad to get someone of his caliber," Gregson said.
Sager was defeated by Republican Robert E. Bruchey II in last May's general election. He said he has spent much of the summer resting and reflecting.
During his last term in office, Sager made $24,000 a year.
Sager said he was excited about starting the job.
"This was essentially the field I've been in since college," Sager said.
Downtown and neighborhood revitalization are his first love, he said.
"I like towns and cities and neighborhoods in the traditional sense. I don't like to see them in a state of decline," Sager said.
Sager said it's conceivable he could come before Bruchey and council members to talk about revitalization. He probably will work with several city employees as well, he said.