Cicero Salles has been named the White Oak Planning Manager, county officials announced yesterday.
Salles, who County Executive Marc Elrich appointed, will serve as the County Executive’s representative for the White Oak Science Gateway (WOSG) Master Area and other East County development efforts, including the US29 Corridor, according to the announcement. Salles previously served as Chief of Traffic Studies for Prince George’s County Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for traffic engineering and safety studies. He also previously served at the Sao Paulo Transportation Regulatory Agency in Brazil, where he oversaw various highway concessions contracts. According to the county, Salles was also a planning commissioner for the City of Rockville during the planning and approval of the Rockville Town Center Master Plan.
Salles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he also obtained a Master of Science degree in Transportation Engineering, according to the county press release.
“I am excited about the appointment of Cicero Salles, who comes to us with a strong background with unique qualifications needed to accelerate our efforts to advance developments in East County,” said County Executive Elrich in a statement. “I am committed to supporting the residents and continued investment in East County, and Cicero will be an important part of that effort.”
The WOSG Master Plan, adopted in 2014 by the County Council, provides the foundation for the development of White Oak’s major centers including Hillandale, White Oak/Fairland, and the Life Sciences/FDA Village. According to the county, the planning manager will work closely with the East County Regional Office Director and serve as a liaison between community stakeholders, advisory groups, businesses, development partners, and county departments.
“Mr. Salles will bring [the] experience needed in building broad-based consensus on issues from a variety of engaged stakeholders and groups in the region including developers, residents, businesses and elected officials,” said Jewru Bandeh, director of the county’s Eastern Regional Services Office. “He will be working closely with the East County Regional Director to advance developments and community building goals in East County.”
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