Cicero Salles Named White Oak Planning Manager by Montgomery County Executive Elrich

Cicero Salles today was named the White Oak Planning Manager by Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. The planning manager serves as the County Executive’s representative for the White Oak Science Gateway (WOSG) Master Area and other East County development efforts, including the US29 Corridor.

Among his previous positions, Mr. Sallas worked for the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, where he was chief of the Traffic Studies Section. In the private sector Mr. Salles worked on the implementation of National Harbor, the large and successful mixed-use development project along the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, and Beech Tree, a prestigious golf-course community with approximately 1,700 homes.

“I am excited about the appointment of Cicero Salles, who comes to us with a strong background with unique qualifications needed to accelerate our efforts to advance developments in East County,” said County Executive Elrich. “I am committed to supporting the residents and continued investment in East County, and Cicero will be an important part of that effort.”

The WOSG Master Plan, which was adopted in 2014 by the County Council, provides the foundation for the development of White Oak’s major centers including Hillandale, White Oak/Fairland and the Life Sciences/FDA Village. The planning manager will work closely with the East County Regional Office Director and serve as a liaison between community stakeholders, advisory groups, businesses, development partners and County departments.

In addition, the planning manager is responsible for promoting and facilitating timely delivery of County services, as well as making recommendations to resolve issues related to development and area revitalization.

Mr. Salles has more than 35 years of professional experience, working for both the public and private sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he also obtained a Master of Science degree in Transportation Engineering.

Mr. Salles’ prior experience includes serving as special assistant to the director at the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation and positions at the Prince George’s County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s transportation planning division and the Sao Paulo Transportation Regulatory Agency in Brazil, where he oversaw various highway concession contracts.


Mr. Salles was a planning commissioner for the City of Rockville during the planning and approval of the Rockville Town Center Master Plan.

“Mr. Salles will bring experience needed in building broad-based consensus on issues from a variety of engaged stakeholders and groups in the region including developers, residents, businesses and elected officials,” said Jewru Bandeh, director of the County’s Eastern Regional Services Office. “He will be working closely with the East County Regional Director to advance developments and community building goals in East County”

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Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

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