Kristin Brown has been appointed the new director of the Loudoun County Office of Mapping and Geographic Information. Brown has been acting director of the department since October, overseeing the management, analysis and display of geographic data through the county’s Geographic Information System. Loudoun’s GIS is integrated into multiple county information systems affecting public safety, land use, real property assessments, and permits, among others.
Brown was appointed Jan. 11 following a national search. She began her service with Loudoun County in 1998 as a cartographer and manager of the yearly contract to update the county’s base map. She later was promoted to manager of the department’s Development and Analysis Division.
“We had an excellent group of applicants for this key position and Kristin stood out as a capable and proven leader,” Hemstreet said. “Her historic knowledge is invaluable; she has played a key role in the development of Loudoun’s innovative use of GIS and has been an important part of many high-profile countywide projects over many years.”
In addition to being responsible for the core components of the county’s GIS, the County Office of Mapping and Geographic Information provides data, mapping, application development, and analytical services to county agencies, and also provides a variety of mapping services to the public, including the online mapping tool, WebLogis. The office oversees the assignment of addresses, maintenance of parcels, and approval of street names in Loudoun and is responsible for the county’s Conservation Easement Stewardship Program.
Brown received a master’s degree in geography from Murray State University in Kentucky. She has earned the GIS Professional certification from the GIS Certification Institute.
More information about the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information is online at loudoun.gov/mapping.