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Biography - Mayor Donald N. Briggs


Mayor Donald N. Briggs and his wife Elizabeth (Libby) have resided in northern Frederick County since 1986. First on a farm in the Harbaugh Valley where the family bred and raised certified red angus, quail, chickens and bees. In 1996 they moved the family real estate appraisal company to Emmitsburg from Frederick City. In 2003 the family moved to Emmitsburg to be closer to the business and be more involved in the community. Don and Libby have three children and eight grandchildren and belong to Saint Joseph’s Parish.
 
Service and Honorable Discharge –Maryland National Guard/ U.S. Army Reserve
 
Emmitsburg Public Service:
  • Mayor of Emmitsburg, 2011 to present, two terms 
  • Former member of the Emmitsburg Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Former member of the Emmitsburg Streets Committee
 
Other Public and Community Service: 
  • Director, The National Fire Heritage Center
  • Member and Past President of the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Associations (EBPA)
  • Member, Frederick County Solid Waste Steering Committee 
  • Member, College of Liberal Arts Advisory committee for Mount St. Mary’s
  • Member, Athletic Advisory Board for Mount St. Mary’s
  • Former Chairman of the Frederick County Sustainability Commission 
  • Former member and Chairman of the Frederick City Planning Commission
  • Former (founding) member of the Carroll Creek Commission
  • Former member of the Frederick County Historic Commission
  • Former Trustee Maryland Environment Trust (MET) 
  • Former (founding) Director of Catoctin Land Trust
  • Former Officer and Director Frederick (noon) Rotary Club 
  • Former Officer and Director Frederick YMCA
 
Special Recognitions:
  • President’s Medal Award for Leadership, Mount Saint Mary’s University  
  • Member, Mount Saint Mary’s University Athletic Hall of Fame
 
Professional Affiliations and Licenses:
  • Member of the Appraisal Institute - MAI designation
  • US Green Building Council, LEED AP BD+C designation
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – MD and PA
  • Licensed Certified General Appraiser – MD
 
Education:
  • St. Johns College HS, Washington, D.C. 
  • University of Kentucky, BS - Economics and Business
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University Seminary, MA - Theology, magna cum laude 
  • Saint John’s College Annapolis - Santa Fe, MALA
 
Other Interests and Activities: 
  • Former line coach, football at Georgetown University
  • Former defensive coordinator - Frederick Falcon Semi Pro Football Team  
  • Founder and former coach of the Frederick Rugby Football Club  
  • Former coach, Mount Saint Mary’s University Rugby Football Club