In a recent interview with Frederick County Council President Bud Otis, interviewer George Wenschhof discusses with Otis “issues ranging from his 12 years as chief of staff for former Maryland district 6 Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R), to the proposed ethics ordinance, growth, education, and his relationship with other council members.”
According to Talking Maryland Politics,
Bud said “I meet with executive Gardner every Thursday to hash out issues and I have an open door policy with the other council members”. He added he has reached out to council members Shreve and Delauter and told them he is willing to meet with them as needed.
I asked Bud “What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in the first year of charter?” and he said “laying down the foundation of how the council will operate”. He told me there was very little of a blueprint from the charter document so they needed to set up policies and procedures to get the government up and running. Otis added, “It was important to set up how to process Bills, make amendments and get Bills passed”.
I concluded by asking him what were his goals for the next three years. He told me “I want to make sure the county has a solid financial foundation, expand job opportunities, reduce the number of commuters, make sure teachers are paid right, that new schools are built as needed and to make sure the growth we get is done at the right pace”.