MoCo's Silverman Headed for Confirmation in Development Job
Former Montgomery County council member Steven A. Silverman got a warm welcome from his old colleagues this week, all but guaranteeing his confirmation to lead the local economic development department.
Council member Nancy Floreen tried unsuccessfully to play the theme song from the 1970s TV series "Welcome Back, Kotter" during Silverman's interview on Monday, and there was some light-hearted teasing about the former Democratic rival to County Executive Isiah Leggett.
But mostly there were expressions of confidence that Silverman is "the right person at the right time," as council member Roger Berliner put it. Council members want Silverman to aggressively pursue partnerships with federal agencies and private businesses located in the county to avoid further job losses.
Silverman seemed to revel in his return to the council, where he spent eight years, and he pledged to engage in a listening tour with local business groups and non-profits. Silverman would replace Pradeep Ganguly, who resigned last month after being placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an ethics inquiry.
April 15, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
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