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New zoning administrator takes over in Jefferson County

July 20, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE
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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A search committee pored through 67 applications, interviewed five candidates and finally settled on Steve Barney as Jefferson County's new zoning administrator.

Barney, 40, of Frederick, Md., started his new job last week. He was introduced to the Jefferson County Commissioners Thursday by Jennifer Brockman, the county's planning director.

His duties include interpreting the county's zoning laws, serving as the staff person for the zoning appeals board and reviewing applications, Brockman said.

"We were impressed with the breadth of his experience on zoning and his ability working with neighborhoods," Brockman said.

Barney grew up in Arlington, Va., earned his bachelor's degree from James Madison University and New College in Florida. He got his master's degree at the University of Texas in Austin. He lived in Austin for 13 years, including 10 years working as a neighborhood planner and project coordinator for the city.

He moved to Frederick in 2008 and worked for that city's planning department.

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He applied for the Jefferson County post, he said, because it offered greater responsibilities and challenges plus the opportunity of working with the county's zoning ordinances.

His salary is $46,000 a year.

Barney lives in downtown Frederick with his wife, Sally, "and one cat."

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