County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bolton Bridgett has announced her retirement from St. Mary’s County Government, effective Feb. 1, 2022. Dr. Bridgett has served as County Administrator since her appointment in 2013 by the Commissioners.
“During my career at St. Mary’s County Government, I have had the honor of serving our community and working with the brightest and most resourceful leaders who have an equal passion for public service. Together with the Commissioners, I believe we have shaped a vibrant government that accurately reflects the character and heritage of St. Mary’s County. It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as County Administrator, and I will forever cherish the partnerships and friendships this position has afforded me,” said Dr. Bridgett.
“Dr. Bridgett is one of the most creative leaders I have ever known. Her ability to assess a situation and build a team of problem-solving people has made St. Mary’s County Government strong. Her resiliency is a key factor in the success we’ve seen during the pandemic. It was no small feat to transition county operations to serve our residents through virtual settings and then carefully transition back to more in-person processes. Her rigorous determination to ‘keep the train moving’ is inspirational. Dr. Bridgett will be deeply missed, and we wish her good health and much happiness in the future,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy.
According to a County press release:
During her tenure as County Administrator, Dr. Bridgett worked closely with the Commissioners to adhere to and advance their primary missions of investment in public safety, education and public infrastructure. Key projects included overseeing a $29,618,924 project to renovate and upgrade the Adult Detention and Rehabilitation Center and budget approval and design of multiple District Stations for the Sheriff’s Office. Other accomplishments included overseeing the planning and building of many county-owned facilities, including the design-award-winning Leonardtown Library and Garvey Senior Activity Center, Animal Shelter, and several agricultural facilities, including the Barns at New Market and the Regional Agricultural Center.
The Commissioners will recognize Dr. Bridgett with a public reception Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown and a formal retirement ceremony during their business meeting at 9 a.m. The Commissioner Meeting will be live on SMCH Ch. 95 and the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.
Catherine Pratson, Director of Human Resources, and David Weiskopf, County Attorney, will continue to act as Co-County Administrators during this transition.