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County Official Earns National Certification in Planning from American Institute of Certified Planners

Last Updated on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:32am | Economic Development
Deborah Carpenter, Director of the Garrett County Department of Planning and Land Management, has earned a national certification in planning from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). AICP is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners as well as in ethics, professional development, planning education and the standards of planning practice.
In her capacity as Director, Carpenter parlays her knowledge of planning, land management and economic development to create projects with lasting community impact. She fosters collaboration and communication among her colleagues and in the community at large.
“As a professional planner, my number one responsibility is to serve the public interest,” Carpenter said. “When I was appointed to my current post, I made one of my first priorities to seek national certification in order to represent and serve the citizens of Garrett County with the level of knowledge and skill that they deserve.”
By obtaining national certification, Carpenter has demonstrated her commitment to fueling Garrett County’s economic well-being. To become a certified planner, applicants must meet certain educational and experience requirements and pass a written examination. AICP-certified planners carry a high mark of distinction: they must meet rigorous standards, serve community interests and maintain their expertise through continuing education.
County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt comments that “this designation is quite an accomplishment for Debbie and I truly appreciate the time and effort she dedicated to earning this designation.   She is certainly a valuable part of County Government and her professional skills, knowledge and expertise will continue to play a crucial role in helping our community grow and thrive.”
Carpenter assumed her post after Garrett County Department of Planning and Land Development director John Nelson retired after 38 years of service. Monty Pagenhardt, county administrator and director of human resources, felt that Carpenter would uphold Nelson’s legacy of excellence within the position.
“Debbie has always provided well thought out, concise and accurate information to the Board of County Commissioners, the Planning Commission and the public on all pertinent matters. I have the highest respect for Debbie and I truly value having the opportunity to work with her,” Pagenhardt said.
Carpenter lives in McHenry, Md., with her husband, Dale, and her two daughters, Christine and Katie.
Visit to learn more about Garrett County. To learn more about Carpenter and how she approaches community planning and development go to the Directors Blog.