[photo, J. Hugh Nichols,, County Executive, Howard County, Maryland] J. HUGH NICHOLS (1930-2015)
County Executive (Democrat),* 1978-86

County Executive, Howard County, December 1978 to July 1986. Resigned July 1986. Member, Regional Planning Council, 1978-86. Chair, Baltimore Regional Planning Council.

Member, House of Delegates, representing Howard County (District 14B), 1971-78. Member, Appropriations Committee, 1971-78 (chair, subcommittee on public safety & transportation, 1971-74; chair, subcommittee on state services, 1975-76); Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 1973-78; Joint Subcommittee on the Capital Budget, 1976. Chair, Committee on Legislative Information Needs, National Legislative Conference, 1974.

Assistant Secretary of Budget and Fiscal Planning, 1978.

Member, Charter Board, Howard County, 1966-68. Chair, Planning Commission, Howard County, 1968.

Member, County Council, Howard County, 1968-70.

Born in Sprott, Alabama, November 27, 1930. Attended Alabama public schools. Served in U.S. Army Signal Corps. University of Alabama, A.B. (political science & history), 1957; The American University, M.A. (public administration), 1967. Manager of data processing and computing business. Economic development manager, Middle South Utilities, Inc., New Orleans, 1986. Director, Regional Economic Development, Energy Corporation of Louisiana. Former contract employee, Mendez England and Associates. President, Maryland Association of Counties, 1986. Member, American Political Science Association; Academy of Political and Social Sciences; American Association for Advancement of Science; Urban Regional Information Systems Association. Member, Southern Growth Policy Board, representing Alabama. Member, Optimist International. Married; five children, twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Died in Maplesville, Alabama, December 8, 2015.

*(changed party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, 1986)

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