Counties Mourn David Harrington, Former Senator, Council Member, Mayor

David Harrington, whose public service spanned years as a mayor, county council member, and then state senator, died this week. He served Prince George’s County on the MACo Board of Directors, and Bladensburg as MML President during his years of local government leadership.

Senator David Harrington, photo courtesy of the Maryland State Archives

From a release by the Prince George’s County Council:

A devoted public servant, David was a true statesman, policymaker, selfless community builder, and fierce advocate for improving the Quality of Life for Prince Georgians and Marylanders. He began his public life as Mayor of Bladensburg and was appointed to leadership positions on countless County Boards and Commissions.

As a Council Member, David committed to his “Community First” agenda, tirelessly working to create a cleaner environment, attract local businesses, support community policing, and build neighborhood schools for the communities of District 5 and throughout Prince George’s County.

Further reflections from the Washington Business Journal:

David Harrington, who had helped shape Prince George’s County growth and economic development policy from prominent state, local and nonprofit roles for decades, died suddenly Monday after a brief illness. He was 68.

Harrington had just begun a new role in April as senior director of community relations and stakeholder engagement for Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region, ending a more than 11-year run as president and CEO of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce.

Funeral arrangements are being made for Friday September 30. Interested county officials and friends may contact the MACo office for further details.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties