by Lisa Tome
A retired professional indoor soccer player is now getting his kicks trying to revitalize Perryville's downtown.
Billy Nelson, who retired in 2011 after playing 10 seasons for the Baltimore Blast, started working in the town in June as the economic community development coordinator.
His job includes planning town events and working to bring businesses to town. Prior to working for the town, Nelson worked as a recruiter for a staffing agency. He's using his network in Perryville. "I'm reaching out to people I know who own restaurants and bars (trying to drum up interest in Perryville). I love it," said Nelson.
Nelson played all 10 seasons of his professional career with the Blast. He graduated from Bel Air High and UMBC. Nelson is just one component in the staff shuffle in Perryville.
Certified Public Accountant Debbie Laubach took on the role of town finance director in May. Laubach spent the past 35 years working in public accounting. She's enjoying the change. "I found the (financial controls) are in place. The town is doing quite well," said Laubach, who likes the job.
"I love it. Everyone is very friendly and everyone works well together with the common goal of improving the town at the minimum cost," said Laubach.
Former town economic community development coordinator Amanda Hickman is now working as the planning and zoning coordinator. Dianna Battaglia went from planning and zoning coordinator to town planner.