Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM announces Kellie S. Hinkle as the chief of Tourism. Hinkle will begin her employment with Charles County Government on Monday, Sept. 24.

As chief of Tourism, Hinkle will be responsible for implementing marketing programs designed to increase the economic impact of tourism in Charles County. She will promote county tourism events and sites, facilitate special events designed to attract visitors, and maintain contact with area attractions and tourist/visitor services.

“I look forward to working alongside our County tourism team, business community, and state and regional partners to share all that is special about Charles County to attract visitors to this amazing community,” said Hinkle.

Hinkle has expertise in assisting agricultural and rural businesses with the development of business plans and securing financing to start or expand operations. She most recently served as the acting assistant director for the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. She previously served as an agricultural development officer for Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and Jefferson County Development Authority, as well as has a background in marketing and teaching.

“I welcome Ms. Hinkle to the Charles County Government team,” said Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM. “Her expertise with agriculture and rural business will be very beneficial to the county’s tourism efforts, as well as our residents and visitors.”

Hinkle holds a Master of Science degree in agricultural and environmental education from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in plant and soil science from West Virginia University.