The Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities have appointed Ben J. Laudermilch as executive director.
Laudermilch has been the deputy executive director since 2010. He's worked for the authorities since 2007, when he was hired as a mental health specialist. In his time with them, Laudermilch developed the county's five-year mental health housing plan and its 10-year "Plan to End Homelessness."
"Although funding for housing and economic development projects has been cut at the state and federal levels in recent years, we continue to work diligently to improve the impact of the projects we engage in," Laudermilch said in a statement. "We have a blueprint to succeed and I am cautiously optimistic about the caliber of future projects and our ability to meet the needs of the communities we serve, whether we are supporting a new business or housing persons with disabilities."
Laudermilch, a Hummelstown native, will direct day-to-day operations and regulatory compliance for the authorities.
Laudermilch replaces Christopher Houston, who stepped down in March to take a job as legal counsel at the state Department of Community and Economic Development.