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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, fourth term 
  • Former member of the Emmitsburg Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Former member of the Emmitsburg Streets Committee
Other Public and Community Service: 
  • Member and Past President of the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Associations (EBPA)
  • Member, College of Liberal Arts Advisory committee for Mount St. Mary’s
  • Member, Athletic Advisory Board for Mount St. Mary’s
  • Former Member, Frederick County Solid Waste Steering Committee 
  • 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
  • Former Trustee of The National Fire Heritage Center
Special Recognitions:
  • Teddy Roosevelt Award for Conservation Leadership, first recipient 2017, Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund 
  • 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, AI-GRS designations
  • US Green Building Council, LEED AP designation
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – MD and PA
  • Licensed Certified General Appraiser – MD and PA
  • 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