UPDATE: Ossont to Pull Double Duty Before Leaving

Director of Planning and Code Administration and Community Services director resign.

UPDATE 8/16: Greg Ossont's last day with the city will be on Sept. 9, he said at the Mayor and Council meeting Monday night.

But he will begin his new job as Deputy Director of Planning and Development with the county government on Sept. 6.

"They'll be hectic," he said of the Tuesday through Friday period where he'll literally be doing two full-time jobs.

Ossont has been been with the city for 15 years, and served as the director of Planning and Code since 2003.

During the meeting Monday, Mayor Sidney Katz mentioned that Ossont would give a briefing before the City Council on Sept. 12. It was unclear if this was a slip of the tongue or if the Mayor expects Ossont back for the presentation.

Crystal Carr, Gaitherburg's Community Services Director, was at her last Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, she said. She will begin her new job as president of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation on Aug. 29.

UPDATE 8/2: Greg Ossont, Gaithersburg's director of Planning and Code Administration, has taken a job at the County's Department of General Services.

He will serve as Deputy Director of Planning and Development, he said in an email this morning.

Crystal Carr, Gaithersburg's Community Services director, has taken a job as president of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation.

Ossont has been been with the city for 15 years, and served as the director of Planning and Code since 2003. He will remain at his post through August.

He will work with David Dise, director of the County's General Services department, which oversees the office of planning and development, among others.

He will work on large development blueprints, such as the Wheaton Sector Plan, White Flint Sector Plan, Kensington Sector Plan and the Great Seneca Science Corridor, formerly known as the Gaithersburg West Master Plan.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my various roles here at the City," Ossont said. "This is a special place and the staff is a big part of making it that way. This is a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to contributing at the County."

Carr has been with the city since January 2006. Her last day will be Aug. 29.

"It has been a distinct pleasure to work for the City and serve the community," she said in an email to staff last week. "I will treasure the experiences, people, and many collaborations for a lifetime."

Original Story 8/2: Gaithersburg Patch has learned that there have been two high-profile resignations at City Hall.

Greg Ossont, the director of Planning and Code Administration, and Crystal Carr, community services director, have stepped down.

Ossont, who announced his decision yesterday, has taken a position with Montgomery County government.

Carr has taken a job at a private nonprofit, and she announced her plans last week.

"We're sorry to see them go," Mayor Sidney Katz said. "They're going to be difficult to replace."

Ossont has received public praise for his work in bringing two large-scale development projects to Olde Towne. The projects are the linchpin in revitalization plans for the city's historic downtown.

"Whenever someone leaves the city, it's a bittersweet moment," Katz said, adding that he's happy they've found good opportunities but their good work will be missed.

Neither Ossont nor Carr were immediately available to comment.

Stay tuned to Patch for more details.


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