MARTINSBURG, W.VA. ? Berkeley County's new development authority leader is a 43-year-old Huntington, W.Va., native who has left the state for professional opportunities only to return again ... and again and again.
Stephen L. Christian, of Anne Arundel County, Md., will replace Robert "Bob" T. Crawford, 74, who retired, effective Dec. 31.
"I think we're fortunate to find somebody with his background and his experience in economic development," said Stephen Cox, the Development Authority's board president. "We're happy to have him."
Cox said Christian's formal start date had not been set. Christian will be paid $83,000 annually, $13,000 more than Crawford's salary, according to officials familiar with the hiring, which was formally approved Wednesday by Cox and Development Authority board members.
Christian was one of 16 applicants for the job, which was first advertised in August, according to Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Hammond, who chaired a personnel committee of Development Authority board members.