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Meet the Planning & Zoning Department Staff

Steve GoodrichSteve Goodrich, Director

Steve obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Frostburg State University in 1978, with a concentration in Geography and Psychology and a teaching certification. He has worked for Washington County in the Planning Department for over 35 years and has been involved in the development and adoption of two previous Comprehensive Plans. Also during his employment with Washington County Steve has been involved with most every land use related issue or task the County has encountered. He is the staff liaison to the Planning Commission, Historic District Commission and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Advisory Board. He has passed the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam twice.

Steve has a personal interest in architecture and vintage cars, especially the hands-on preservation of both.


Debra EckardDebra Eckard, Administrative Assistant

Deb has been employed with Washington County for 11 years. She is a graduate of Hagerstown Business College and has also studied at Hagerstown Community College. Prior to serving the County, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Fox & Associates. In addition to her work for Washington County, she serves as an Administrative Assistant for the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization (HEPMPO).

Outside of the office, Deb enjoys spending time with her family, baking, jigsaw puzzles, reading, counted cross-stitching, and visiting new places.


Jill BakerJill Baker, Chief Planner

Jill graduated from Clear Spring High and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Analysis and Planning from Frostburg State University. She began her career with Washington County in 1999 and has served in the Planning Department for over 15 years.

Outside of the office, Jill enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking and camping. She loves to travel, having visited most of the east coast of the U.S. and intends to expand her adventures west in the near future.


Fred NugentFred Nugent, Parks and Environmental Planner

Fred has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York and has been an employee of Washington County for over 6 years. Prior to his work with the County, Fred spent years as a Real Estate Appraiser and working with non-profits. He sat on the City of Hagerstown’s Planning Commission for sixteen years.

Fred is a big fan of the outdoors. He likes to participate in hiking, fishing, cooking and traveling in his time off, and spends much of his spare time working with youth.


Eric SeifarthEric Seifarth, Rural Preservation Administrator

Eric is a Washington County native, born and raised in the Hagerstown/Maugansville area and is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in Science and Agricultural Education. He has worked for Washington County for 26 years and has supervised the Land Preservation program since its inception.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, biking, exercising and experiencing the outdoors.


Christopher BoggsChris Boggs, Land Preservation Planner

In 2005 Chris graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Planning and Design. He has been an employee of Washington County for over 8 years. Prior to joining the County, Chris worked as Land Planner for a large residential developer in Northern Virginia. In 2006 he was hired on as the Infrastructure Planner for the Washington County Division of Environmental Management where he worked for 6 years before transferring to the Department of Planning & Zoning in 2012. Chris also has experience as a small business owner.

Chris is a native of Washington County, graduating from Williamsport High School. When not at work, he enjoys weight training and participating in Crossfit, riding his Harley, leathersmithing, working with his hands, and spending time with his wife and two young sons.


Jennifer KinzerJennifer Kinzer, GIS Coordinator

Jennifer is a graduate of Boonsboro High School. She received a Bachelor in Architecture degree with a Minor in Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Tech in 1994. She went on to obtain a Master of Science in Geo-Environmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 2001. She is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and has been working with the Washington County Department of Planning and Zoning for over 20 years.

Outside of work, Jennifer is active with several community organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys activities such as fishing and boating as well as spending time with her family.


Meghan JenkinsMeghan Jenkins, GIS Analyst

Meghan is a 2008 graduate of Shepherd University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a Historic Preservation concentration and recently obtained her Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certificate. While in school, she interned with the Jefferson County GIS/Addressing Office, and joined the Washington County Department of Planning and Zoning in September of 2008.

Meghan grew up on a beef cattle farm in Jefferson County, WV and has a strong interest in preserving historic structures and farms.


John Baker, IIJohn Baker II, GIS Technician

John is a 2015 graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While at Shippensburg, he completed a field study examining residential housing growth on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean and also interned with Martin & Martin, Inc of Chambersburg, PA. John joined the Department in August of 2015.

Outside of work, John enjoys the outdoors, working out, boating and supporting his beloved Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat.

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