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More turnover in Arundel government

With the end of government's fiscal year on Sunday, four more people are leaving Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman's administration.

Chief lobbyist Alan Friedman, public works Director Ron Bowen, Comptroller Richard Drain and Bob Leib, who handled military base realignment issues, are leaving county government.

All four were holdovers from the administration of former County Executive John R. Leopold, who resigned in February following his conviction of misconduct in office. Neuman was appointed by the County Council to finish the remainder of Leopold's term.

Neuman named two temporary replacements for the departing staffers on Friday.

Chris Phipps, the deputy director of public works, will take over as acting director of that department.

Phipps has worked for the county for 18 years, holds a civil engineering degree from Virginia Tech and is a registered professional engineer.

Laureen A. Toney, who has been assistant county controller for four years, will become acting controller. She also has worked as the county's financial reporting manager and is a certified public accountant.

Neuman is expected to announce a new chief lobbyist next week.

Leib's duties dealing with Fort George G. Meade and military base expansion are being handled by Julie Mussog, a special assistant in Neuman's office.

The changes leave Neuman with several high-level positions without permanent employees in them. The departments of health, public works, central services and inspections and permits are all led by acting directors. The police and fire departments are run by acting chiefs.

Neuman said this week that she's narrowed her police chief search to two candidates and expects to hire a chief in the coming weeks.

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