New Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman met with members of the Crofton community on Tuesday night, taking questions for more than an hour on issues including ethics, property taxes and business policies, according to those in attendance.
Members of the Greater Crofton Council told Patch that Neuman spoke for more than an hour—double her allotted time—and said the county must modernize and find ways to compete with other counties.
According to a report on the Greater Crofton Council website, Neuman said the county government "was stuck in the 1980s" and would benefit from improved systems at the Office of Planning and Zoning and in areas of inspections and permitting.
"Neuman said that most job growth is from small businesses and she would do what ever she has to, to bring this type of business into the county," the GCC said.
Prior to be being appointed county executive, Neuman served as the director of economic development in Howard County.
The Capital-Gazette reported Wednesday that Neuman was noncommittal when asked if she planned to seek re-election in 2014.