Released on May 11, 2021 - 4:44pm

At the May 10, 2021, Virtual Mayor and City Council Meeting, Mayor Craig A. Moe was pleased to announce the new appointments of LouAnn Crook to City Administrator, Christian Pulley to Deputy City Administrator and Robert Love to the position of Director of Economic and Community Development, and were unanimously confirmed by the Laurel City Council. Their new positions will take effect immediately.

While former City Administrator William Goddard was on leave for health reasons, LouAnn Crook was appointed Acting City Administrator in December of 2020.

Ms. Crook began her career with the City of Laurel in 1989, at the Public Works Facility and has worked in multiple Departments over the years. In 2000, Ms. Crook moved to the City’s Finance Department, and in 2002, Mayor Moe hired her as his Executive Assistant. It was in 2016 that Ms. Crook was picked to fill the new position of Chief of Staff. She was appointed Deputy City Administrator in 2018.

In Ms. Crook’s almost 32 years with the City, she has earned a Master Municipal Clerk Certification, sat on numerous committees from Salary Review to the Hometown Heroes Banner Program. And Ms. Crook has dedicated her career to ensuring the citizens of Laurel have a wonderful place to live, work and play. 

Ms. Crook said, “I appreciate the confidence of Mayor Moe and the Laurel City Council in me by this appointment and confirmation. I look forward to working with the Mayor, City Council, Directors, City staff and Laurel residents in this new leadership role.“

With the appointment of Christian Pulley to Deputy City Administrator, she becomes the first African-American woman to hold this position in the history of the City of Laurel!

Ms. Pulley is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and began her tenure with the City in 2008. She has held several positions in the Economic and Community Development Department including Director. Prior to joining the City, Christian worked as an Outreach Associate with the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in Washington, DC. In this role, she worked with Coalition members in 16 states and the District of Columbia on membership matters and affordable housing policy.

Christian is an active member of the Inter City County Management Association (ICMA) and American Planning Association (APA). She holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University, as well as a BA in Urban Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Christian is a New Jersey native, who loves to travel and attend live musical performances in her free time.

Ms. Pulley said of her appointment, “I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected by the Mayor and City Council to serve the citizens of Laurel as their Deputy City Administrator. I also feel very privileged to make history and serve as the first African-American Deputy City Administrator for Laurel. I will work hard for the residents as an agent of change and will look forward to working towards future endeavors to better the City for its citizens.”

Robert Love was hired in 2017 as the Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development, after working for Arlington County as a Zoning Inspections Supervisor.

Mr. Love earned his BA in Political Science and Government from Ohio State University and went on to receive his Masters in Public Administration from Wright State University.

Mr. Love looks forward to continuing fostering the business relationships with the City. When he isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and children, watching all things sports and news, and reading.

In response to his appointment as Director, “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to run such a wonderful department with an absolutely amazing staff. I am looking to continue the excellent working relationship with the local businesses and citizens in order to help shape the future of Laurel. I have enjoyed my years with the City of Laurel and hope to continue this trend. I want to thank Mayor Moe, Laurel City Council, and the entire administration for believing in me to successfully run the Department of Economic and Community Development for years to come.”

Mayor Moe says that “Ms. Crook, Ms. Pulley and Mr. Love have fully demonstrated their ability and dedication to handle many complicated assignments, and are always willing to take on major issues, solve problems and get the work of the people done. They are proven assets for Laurel and will be able to hit the ground running as City Administrator, Deputy City Administrator and the Director of Economic and Community Development.”

Congratulations to Ms. Crook, Ms. Pulley and Mr. Love on their new positions!

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