Michael E. Hough Selected as County Economic Development Director

Oakland, MD, May 7, 2018 – The Board of County Commissioners for Garrett County announced that Michael E. Hough has joined the County Government as the Director of Economic Development.

Mr. Hough has most recently served as the Western Maryland and Pennsylvania Regional President of BB&T Corporation since September 2015.

In his career spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Hough has demonstrated excellence in resource allocation, operations management and communication. Previously, Mr. Hough was the Head of Operations for Maryland, West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania at Susquehanna Bank. He also has served as Senior Vice President at Susquehanna Bancshares and President and Chief Operating Officer of Susquehanna Bank PA.

“The Commissioners have been deliberate and patient in the search for a Director,” said Commissioner Hinebaugh, “Michael’s experience and connections with the business community will help us achieve our goals and objectives for economic development.”

Commissioner Hinebaugh continued, “Michael’s proven ability to develop relationships and marketing strategies to attract capital investments will be extremely helpful in his economic development role.”

Mr. Hough and his wife Annette will relocate from Hagerstown, MD and are active in various community originations.

“Garrett County is a special place with special people and I look forward to working with businesses to promote success in conjunction with economic development goals,” said Mr. Hough.

Mr. Hough graduated from Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mr. Hough is also a graduate of the Maryland Banking School and Leadership Maryland.

“We look forward to Michael joining our team” said Commissioner Edwards. “He is well regarded in our regional business community and will work to provide the resources to meet our local needs. This position is key for the county administration as it serves a leadership role over resources and infrastructure across all industries and business sectors.”

Commissioner Tichnell thanked the Selection Committee for their time and efforts.

“The Selection Committee put in many hours reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates” said Commissioner Tichnell. “Their input and recommendations were extremely helpful and we have found the best candidate for the job in Mr. Hough”.

Michael E. Hough


About Garrett County Government: The County is governed by an elected Board of County Commissioners (the “Board”) exercising powers conferred by the General Assembly of Maryland. The administration of the County is centralized with the County Administrator responsible for overseeing the financial planning, annual budget process, personnel management, and direction and management of operations within the organization.

For more information, the public is invited to Garrett County Commissioner Board meetings that typically take place at 4pm at 203 South Fourth Street, Room 209 – Frederick A. Thayer, III Courthouse – Oakland, Maryland 21550. Specific meeting dates can be found at https://www.garrettcounty.org/commissioners/meeting-notice or by contacting Carol A. Riley-Alexander, Executive Assistant to the Board of County Commissioners/County Administrator at 301-334-8970


Contact: Mr. Kevin Null Garrett County Administrator 301-334-8070 knull@garrettcounty.org

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