Meet the Director

DPS Director

Mitra Pedoeem was appointed as Director for Permitting Services on April 21, 2020. Mitra has more than 38 years of expert knowledge in public administration, organization, and leadership for different levels of government. Her distinguished career is focused on technology led initiatives that has enabled her to develop and implement diverse programs with substantial productivity and process improvements. Mitra has an outstanding commitment to customer service and is known for her ability to streamline government functions to better serve communities and business.

Mitra began her career as a bridge engineer with the State Highway Administration designing bridges for the State of Maryland for five years. Later, she moved on to a new career as the only structural engineer for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. In that capacity she developed major capital improvement programs for various transportation facilities.

In 2001, she decided to expand her horizon within the Montgomery County Government and started working with the Office of Management and Budget as a senior budget analyst to expand her knowledge of government organization and operation.

This led to her amazing career with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, where she began work in 2004 as the Chief of Construction for Montgomery Parks managing all aspects of construction for park facilities. Her final position with the Parks Department was as the Deputy Director of Administration from 2014 to 2019. During this time, she led over 180 staff across five administrative divisions within Montgomery Parks. These included Park Planning and Environmental Stewardship, Parks Development, Management Services (including HR and training), Information Technology and Innovation, Customer Service and Public Affairs.

"I want to make Montgomery County a place where all residents and business can pursue their dreams for a better life. She is committed to the 4Business (Benchmarking to Be the Best Business) initiative to make Montgomery County a welcoming place for economic growth and for businesses to come, to stay and to prosper." Mitra Pedoeem, April 2020

Mitra Pedoeem has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Ehsan Motazedi

Ehsan Motazedi

Deputy Director

Ehsan Motazedi, Deputy Director for Department of Permitting Services, supports the director office and oversees the daily duties of the five DPS Divisions, Residential and Fire Code Compliance; Commercial Building Construction; Land Development; Zoning, Well and Septic and Site Plan Compliance; and newly formed Customer Support and Outreach. He is responsible for ensuring the mission of the Department is coordinated among all divisions and carried out throughout the County in accordance with codes, regulations and performance measure objectives. Ehsan’s background is in Civil Engineering with over 15 years of service at DPS in various capacities. Ehsan’s focus on customer service, and his knowledge and understanding of county’s laws and regulations will help DPS maintain its high quality of service delivery in a cost effective and efficient manner to our customers.


Rick Merck

Rick Merck Division Chief - Commercial Building Construction

The Commercial Building Construction Division is responsible for ensuring public safety through the effective application of commercial building, structural, electrical, mechanical, fire-safety, accessibility and sustainability conservation codes and standards. As the “First Preventers”, this is accomplished through plan review and construction site inspections to facilitate compliance with approved plans and regulations. This program processes applications for and issues Building, Mechanical, Fire Protection and Electrical Permits. The program also handles construction complaints during natural and other disasters and assists in disaster recovery.


Carmen Berrios Martinez

Carmen Berrios Martinez

Division Chief - Customer Support and Outreach

The Customer Support and Outreach Division is responsible for all administration and issuance of Building, Land Development and Zoning related permits, applications and licenses, information requests, pre-design consultations and other specialty services.  This Division was formed to provide a multi-prong approach to enhance the methods in which DPS services are delivered and to provide enhanced communication for our clients. This heightened focus on customer service will include empowerment of staff to act as facilitators rather than regulators.


Linda Kobylski

Linda Kobylski

Division Chief - Land Development

The Division of Land Development is responsible for ensuring the protection of the County's land and water resources, the protection of the environment, the safety of residents and businesses through its engineering and inspection functions related to stormwater management; sediment control; floodplain management; special protection areas; storm drain design and  construction; roadside tree protection; tree canopy enhancement;  record plat approval; and work in the public right-of-way.

George Muste

George Muste, Chief, Residential Contruction

Division Chief - Residential Construction & Fire Code Compliance

The Residential Building and Intake Program is responsible for ensuring public safety through the effective application of residential building, structural, electrical, mechanical, and energy conservation codes. This is accomplished through plan reviews and construction inspections. This program processes all commercial, fire protection, and residential permit applications, handles construction complaints, and aids in recovery during natural and other disasters and incidents.

The Fire Code Compliance Program which is responsible for ensuring public safety through the enforcement of the National Fire Codes and Standards; the Montgomery County Fire Code; and the Maryland State Fire Prevention Codes in existing buildings. This program issues Fire Code Compliance permits and performs preventive inspection for businesses, schools, multi-family buildings, healthcare facilities, places of worship and all other commercial buildings or occupancies. This program responds to and investigates code violations through a complaints program


Victor Salazar

Ehsan Motazedi

Division Chief - Zoning, Well and Septic & Code Compliance

The  Zoning, Well & Septic and Code Compliance Division protects the quality of life, public health, safety and welfare, of Montgomery County’s one million residents. This is accomplished through the effective application and enforcement of the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance development standards; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission certified site plan requirements; well and septic system reviews and approvals; and emergency vehicle access. Division Staff perform zoning reviews of plan applications prior to permit issuance which includes coordinating with the Sign Review Board governing the placement of signs on commercial buildings and the Telecommunication Tower Committee regulating the placement of communication towers throughout the county.

Well & Septic staff is responsible for protecting the quality of groundwater by ensuring any well or septic system installed in Montgomery County meets current standards. Well & Septic staff perform reviews and analyses of subdivision plans, soils testing, water well and on-site sewage disposal plans for compliance with applicable practices and County and State codes prior to issuance.

Zoning Code Compliance Staff investigate and respond to constituent complaints to ensure property owners maintain compliance with the zoning standards established by Chapter 59 of the Montgomery County Code. This program regulates the size, shape, height, and mass of a building; the uses that are allowed on the property; and signage. Additionally, they regulate Chapter 47 of the Montgomery County Code governing Vendor Licensing and Operations. Lastly, they perform annual inspections of over 800 Conditional Use and Special Exception Properties ensuring that the terms and conditions issued by the Montgomery County Board of Appeals and Office of Administrative Hearings are adhered too