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County Executive Marc Elrich Retains Eight Department Heads from Leggett’s Administration

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 3, 2018

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has chosen to reappoint eight department directors from the Isiah Leggett administration:

  • Robert “Bob” Dorfman – Liquor Control
  • Alex Espinosa – Finance
  • Eric Friedman – Consumer Protection
  • Scott Goldstein – Fire and Rescue Service
  • Robert Green – Correction and Rehabilitation
  • Thomas Manger – Police
  • Al Roshdieh – Transportation
  • Melanie Wenger – Intergovernmental Relations

“These are proven leaders who thrive on challenges,” said Elrich. “And that is just what we need as we usher in a new era of prosperous growth and change for Montgomery County.”

Robert “Bob” Dorfman – Liquor Control

Bob Dorfman spent 15 years with Marriott International in a number of capacities, from 1981 to 1995.  Dorfman was the president of Host International, a Marriott company, and the world’s largest food, beverage, duty free and retail operator of airport, toll roads and sports and entertainment businesses. Annual sales exceeded $1.5 billion with almost 40,000 employees worldwide. He was a corporate officer of Marriott for 10 years. Dorfman was appointed as director of the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control by Leggett in December 2017, and he was unanimously confirmed by the Montgomery County Council on January 31, 2017.

Alex Espinosa – Finance

Alexandre A. Espinosa was appointed director of the finance department in August 2016. As director of Finance, Espinosa is responsible for directing all activities of the County’s Department of Finance including issuing debt, revenue collection, risk management, preparation of financial statements, and developing and implementing sound fiscal policies. Espinosa’s service to the County includes extensive work in the areas of multi-year budgeting, fiscal policy, collective bargaining, and compensation and benefits.

Eric Friedman – Consumer Protection

Eric Friedman serves as the director of the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP), which strives to ensure integrity in our marketplace, and to address consumer protection issues impacting minority communities, seniors, and vulnerable consumers.  He received a law degree from George Mason University School of Law, a B.A. in Political Science from George Washington University, and is a member of the Maryland and D.C. bar associations.  He was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Larry Hogan to serve as a consumer representative on a state Licensing Board and a consumer protection Commission.  He has worked for Montgomery County’s OCP for the past 38 years. 

Scott Goldstein – Fire and Rescue Service

Fire Chief Scott E. Goldstein leads the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS).   Goldstein is the County’s fourth appointed fire chief since enabling legislation was enacted in 2004. Goldstein was nominated by Leggett on May 14, 2015 and later confirmed by County Council on June 16, 2015.  At the time of his appointment, he was serving as the acting fire chief, a position he held since January 1, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Goldstein served as the Division Chief of Operations where he was responsible for the oversight of field operations, fleet services, fire and rescue functions at the Emergency Communications Center, Emergency Medical Services, and special operations.  He assumed this position in May 2013.  

Robert Green – Correction and Rehabilitation

Director Robert Green has been with the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation since 2000. Green served as the department’s warden until 2014, when he was nominated as director by Leggett and unanimously confirmed by the County Council in June 2015.  Green has a distinguished 34-year career in the field of Corrections.

Tom Manger – Police

Thomas Manger has been the Montgomery County police chief for 15 years. Prior to that he was the Fairfax County police chief. Manger serves as the president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, representing the police chiefs of the largest jurisdictions in the U.S and Canada.

Al Roshdieh – Transportation

Al R. Roshdieh is a senior executive with more than 30 years of organizational leadership experience and has served as director of Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation since 2014, building upon his experience in other roles in County government. Roshdieh is a proven leader who has reinvigorated MCDOT with a vision and mission to meet the County’s transportation challenges through creativity, innovation and a balanced multi-modal approach.  Under his leadership, MCDOT has significantly advanced the County’s bus rapid transit, micro-mobility, pedestrian and bicycle, safety and congestion management programs. 

Melanie Wenger – Intergovernmental Relations

Melanie Wenger is the director of Montgomery County’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations, with responsibility for managing the County’s federal and state relations programs.  She joined the County after serving as the Maryland Senate President’s Chief of Staff from 2000 to 2003.  Prior to that, Melanie spent 12 years with the Maryland General Assembly's nonpartisan staffing agency, serving in management positions and working on a wide range of fiscal issues, including taxes, education, and transportation.  Wenger has been a long-term board member of Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates, serving several terms as president.  She has also served as a member of other professional boards and civic and professional organizations.  

Elrich has asked several other department heads to extend their service on an interim basis. He also plans to launch national searches to fill some County leadership positions.

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Release ID: 18-757
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