The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have appointed John Groeger, interim director of the Department Public Works and Transportation and Gary Whipple, interim manager of the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport. They replace George Erichsen who was recently named Executive Director for the Metropolitan Commission.
John Groeger has more than 30 years of experience in public works engineering. He’s been employed with St. Mary’s County since 1998 when he was hired as a Supervisor of Engineering Services. In 1999 his title was changed to deputy director. Prior to joining St. Mary’s County he served as an Engineer 1, 2, 3 and Section Chief in Prince Georges County.
Mr. Groeger is a Professional Engineer and earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
He currently lives in northern St. Mary’s County and has two adult children (a civil engineer and a police officer.)
Gary Whipple has served in county government since 2001 when he was named Senior Project Manager in the Department of Facilities Management. This followed 11 years of active commissioned service in the Civil Engineer Corps, where his last duty station was Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head.
In 2003 he accepted position as assistant director in the Department of Physical Plant at St. Mary’s College of Maryland before returning to Public Works and Transportation as an Engineer III in 2005. The following year he assumed the role of staff advisor to the Airport Advisory Committee.
Now retired from the Naval Reserve, Mr. Whipple was twice recalled to active duty in 2004 and 2008.
He currently lives in Leonardtown with his wife Ellen Marie and they have three children.
Groeger and Whipple will assume their new assignments on February 17.