M-NCPPC Names Former Secretary-Treasurer as New
SILVER SPRING, MD
and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) voted Thursday to appoint Patricia Colihan
Barney executive director of the agency. Barney, previously the agency’s
secretary-treasurer, has served as acting executive director since late
The full Commission is made up of the Planning Boards of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties as well as the Montgomery County
Department of Parks and Planning Department and the Prince George’s County Department of Parks
and Recreation and Planning Department.
Of Barney’s 24 years working at the Commission, she has served as the
Commission’s secretary-treasurer overseeing the agency’s fiscal management for
the past 10. Previously, Barney served as the Director of Finance of Frederick
County for a short period before returning to continue her career with the
Commission. While at the Commission, she has held positions of increasing
responsibility, including finance manager.
Before her career in the public sector, Barney was assistant comptroller for
Loyola Federal Savings and Loan Association in Baltimore and an auditor with
Deloitte Haskins & Sells, also in Baltimore. Ms. Barney
received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in accounting from Frostburg State
College, and Master’s Degree in management from the University of Maryland
University College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants and a board member of the Maryland Government Finance
Officers Association, among other organizations and honors.
As Executive Director, Barney manages key administrative services for the
Commission’s central and county-based departments, coordinates
interdepartmental programs and activities, and provides support for and
implements Commission policies.
“Patti Barney brings a unique mix of financial experience, knowledge of the
commission and management savvy to the position of Executive Director,” said
“We have tremendous confidence in Patti,” added Vice Chairman Samuel Parker.