Stoddard Appointed Assistant Chief Administrative Officer

Dr. Earl Stoddard, Director of Montgomery County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and a key leader in the county’s COVID-19 response, has been appointed Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (ACAO) effective Monday, July 26.

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced the appointment in a release Friday. Stoddard will assume the role until the county council confirms his nomination. As ACAO, Dr. Stoddard will help Chief Administrative Officer Richard Madaleno with supervising daily county operations.

Stoddard has been directing Emergency Management and Homeland Security since Jan. 2016. Along with being a main figure in the county’s pandemic response, he coordinated responses to the Jan. 2016 blizzard, Arliss Street building explosion, and the two most recent presidential inaugurations. Overall, he oversees the county’s “emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and prevention programs,” the release reads.

Caroline Sturgis, who held the position since March 2019, resigned and will become Budget Director for the City of Port St. Lucie in Florida. She led the Reimagining Public Safety Initiative and worked in areas like Safe Neighborhoods and Thriving Youth and Families.

“I want to thank Caroline for her many contributions to my administration for more than two years. During her time as ACAO she has had a tremendous impact here in Montgomery County and helped launch some of our major initiatives, including Reimagining Public Safety. We have greatly appreciated Caroline’s knowledge and expertise, and I wish her well in future endeavors,” Elrich wrote in the statement.

“I am pleased that Dr. Earl Stoddard will fill this position. Earl was critical in the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts that resulted among the best outcomes throughout this nation. I am confident that he will continue to succeed and serve our community well.”

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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