LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Anne Arundel County has selected its new top official.

The County Council voted to name Laura Neuman, who previously was CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, the new executive at a packed council meeting late Thursday night.

She was sworn in Friday morning at Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

“Anne Arundel County will be known for excellence and we will be a leader in this state,” Neuman said following the ceremony. “We will restore confidence in the executive branch of government in Anne Arundel County.”

Neuman takes the job formerly held by John Leopold, who resigned after he was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in office. She will serve about 22 months left on the term.

Neuman was one of 16 candidates who applied for the job, which included former first lady of Maryland Kendel Ehrlich, ex-Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s wife, and John Hammond, the acting county executive. Anne Arundel County Delegate Steve Schuh also was in the running.

The County Council had a month to select a new executive and had to choose a Republican, which was the same political party as Leopold.

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