Discuss Effective Meetings and the Public Information Act at #MACoCon Academy Courses

County Fellows of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance are required to complete 8 Core Courses and 6 Elective Credits – MACo announces 2 Core Courses to be held at the 2019 Summer Conference.

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Academy Fellows with questions about their transcripts should contact registrar Aisha Washington at awashin1@umd.edu or 301. 3142641.

Any conference registrant may attend these courses. Academy Fellows will need to attend and fill out a form to receive credit for the course.

Conducting Effective Meetings

Conducting public business requires managing the issues that come before a public body. Building an agenda, promoting useful discussion, and providing a structure for decision-making are key goals for an effective meeting and for effective public officials. The instructor also covers the proper use of organized rules of order – known as parliamentary procedure – which allow all voices to be heard but with debate that remains focused and civil.

Speaker: Jack A. Gullo, Jr., Attorney, Taneytown, Rising Sun & Poolesville; Jack A. Gullo, Jr. Law Office

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 14, 2019; 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Public Information Act

What kind of information should be released to the public upon request? This class helps officials and staff at all levels who must deal with the public by informing them about the requirements of Maryland law on the handling of public records. This class includes real-life scenarios to further illustrate appropriate responses to request from the public or the press. This course satisfies the State requirement for Public Information Act training – any conference registrant may participate; Academy Fellows will also earn credit toward their Academy certificate.


  • David Carey, Associate Judge, Harford County District Court
  • Jeffrey Hochstetler, Assistant Attorney General, MD Office of the Attorney General

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 14, 2019; 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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