The Worcester County Commissioners last week named Weston Young as the incoming chief administrative officer (CAO). Young, who joined Worcester County Government in 2020 as the assistant chief administrative officer, will take over for retiring CAO Harold Higgins in September 2021.
“With several lifelong county leaders retiring, Weston has shouldered new responsibilities and challenges, proving himself to be a wealth of institutional knowledge, a relationship builder, and a key asset to the Commissioners,” said Commission President Joe Mitrecic. “He is a highly knowledgeable and motivated individual who is building a high-performance team to lead County initiatives.”
Young, a 14-year local government veteran, will head the County leadership team and administer the affairs of the Office of the County Commissioners, including the county budget, financial controls, personnel matters, reports and records, and general correspondence.
Young will also oversee public information and media relations, manage special projects, ensure the enforcement of all federal, state, and County laws and regulations, supervise department heads and staff, prepare meeting agendas, and provide advice and recommendations to the commissioners on policies and programs.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this leadership capacity for my home county,” said Young. “Every corner of this county, from farm to coast, has so much to offer its citizens and visitors. I’m optimistic about our future and the work ahead of me.”
According to a County press release:
Young started his career in the private sector and moved on to public sector employment in 2007 with roles in public works with the City of Salisbury, Maryland and the City of Hampton, Virginia. Most recently, Young worked for Wicomico County, Maryland where he rose from director of public works to assistant director of administration. Young’s career of public service includes sitting on statewide and national boards focused on energy, environment, land use, and local government. Young earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and holds professional engineering certifications in both Maryland and Virginia.
Young was born and raised in Pocomoke. He and his wife, Anne, are proud new parents.