Ortwerth Appoints Zerr to Program Development Post

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The newest position in St. Charles County government is that of director of policy development. If the title sounds stiff and formal, the first appointee to the job is not.

Anne F. Zerr, 40, will take on the new job Feb. 27. Meanwhile, she is bubbling with excitement. "I can hardly wait," she said. "This is an exciting time to be in St. Charles County."

County Executive Joe Ortwerth appointed Zerr to the post to handle a variety of jobs. In a statement, Ortwerth said Zerr would concentrate "on program development, issue research, intergovernmental relations and legislative matters."

Further, she will serve as "an active liaison with the (County) Council and a contact person with community organizations, institutions and local political subdivisions," Ortwerth said.

Zerr said Thursday, "I got to know Joe over the years, and I like what he stands for . . . It's just an honor to be able to work in his administration."

A resident of the county for 15 years, Zerr said she expects to put to use her varied experience in public relations jobs. She said she has acquired an ability "to bring people together . . . to get things done."

For the past two years, Zerr has been director of community relations at St. Joseph Hospital West at Lake Saint Louis. Earlier, she was director of public relations and development for the Salvation Army of St. Charles County and, while employed by the St. Charles Police Department, served as community resource coordinator and crime prevention specialist. …