John Peterson has been a member of the leadership team since his appointment as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer on November 4, 2019. John managed the County’s internal COVID 19 response, drafting remote work and telework policies, ensuring the work infrastructure and facilities were prepared and safe for employees to return onsite, establishing COVID protocols, preparing communications for employees and monitoring COVID cases in the workplace. John is responsible for managing labor relations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements with eight unions and advising departments on County policies and employee relations issues. He is a trustee on the Retirement Plan Committee, an advisor to the OPEB (Retiree Health Care) Trust Committee, the Deferred Compensation Committee and the Risk Management Committee.

Prior to rejoining the County, John served as the Director of Human Capital Benefits, Leave and Retirement for the Howard County Public School System. John had previously served Howard County as the Deputy Administrator for the Office of Human Resources where he advised County departments and offices on a wide variety of human resources, labor relations and personnel issues. John has managed more than twenty collective bargaining contract negotiations and has more than twenty-five years of experience working for state and local governments John has served as the Acting Personnel Officer, Deputy Personnel Officer and Assistant Personnel Officer for Anne Arundel County Government and has served as a trustee on the Howard County Employees’ Retirement Plan and the Anne Arundel County retirement plans.

John earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. John is a Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional (SCP).

Position/Title
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Department/Office
County Administration

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