Garrett County Government - Department of Business Development
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Kim Durst
Manager of Business Development
Business Tax Credit Administrator

Kim began her business development career in January 2004. Originally hired to fill an administrative assistant position, Kim began assuming additional duties almost immediately and quickly became an indispensable member of the county’s business development team.
A graduate of Southern Garrett Senior High School, Kim holds an AA Degree in Math/Science from Garrett College, McHenry, a Paralegal Certification with specialties in real estate law, civil litigation, wills and trusts, and corporate law from the Professional Career Development Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, and has received specialized training in GIS applications as they relate to economic development and federal statistics.
Kim’s duties within the department include office administration and management, data mining/analysis, GIS applications, business tax credit program administration, website and social media management, business retention and expansion services, business start-up services, legislative tracking, and special report projects, among others. She is also a Notary Public, providing services free of charge to the public.
Kim is a member of the Western Maryland Workforce Development Board, the Garrett County Workforce Development Board, the Garrett County Workforce Development Council, and the I-68 Regional Alliance Board, She is also a member of the Tri-Council Council for Western Maryland and the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), as well as a partner-in-progress of The Greater Cumberland Committee and an advisory member of the Garrett County Development Corporation. She previously served on the Garrett County Development Corporation’s Workforce Development and Business Start-Up and Support Workgroups, as well as The Greater Cumberland Committee's Education Workgroup.
A long-time advocate for children with special needs, Kim served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Salem Children’s Trust, Inc., Grantsville, from 2009-2016. She has also served on the Garrett County Department of Social Services Advisory Board and the Garrett County Mental Health Advisory Committee.
In her free time, Kim enjoys family gatherings, reading, genealogy research, and quilting.
Contact Kim at (301) 334-1992 or

Melissa Bolyard
Agriculture Business Specialist

Melissa graduated from Garrett College and the University of Maryland with a degree in Agriculture Management.
Melissa's duties include promoting agriculture, assisting farm businesses, and advocating for agriculture issues.
A mother of five beautiful daughters, Melissa and her husband, a pastor and contractor by trade, reside on a small farm where her famly has had a variety of agriculture enterprises, including a high tunnel, fair animals, and a market garden. 
Melissa is the youth leader for her church. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and canning.
Contact Melissa at (301) 334-7285 or

Cheryl DeBerry

As of July 1, 2021, Cheryl DeBerry has been promoted to Manager of Broadband and Energy and transferred to the County's IT Department. Her telephon number and email remain the same.
Contact Cheryl at (301) 334-6968 or


Cindy Sharon
Project Manager

As of July 1, 2021, Cindy Sharon has been transferred to the Grants Management Division in Garrett County's Office of Financial Services.  Her telephone number and email remain the same.
Contact Cindy at (301) 334-1990 or