MACo Welcomes Regina Brzozowsky as Corporate Relations Manager

MACo's newest hire will step up the Association's outward-focused efforts - strengthening and developing relationships with current and potential county partners. Regina Brzozowsky has joined the MACo staff, in a newly created position of Corporate Relations Manager. In the role, she will work directly with the many exhibitors, sponsors, and partners that work with MACo to build connections to county governments and services across the state. "I am excited to take this side of our…

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Virginia White Advances as MACo’s New Deputy Director

Virginia White, a visible and familiar leader among MACo’s professional staff since 2010, will now serve as the Association's Deputy Director. In her leadership role, Virginia will oversee the full range of day-to-day functions involving the staff, facilities, and vendor relationships for the association. She will continue to serve as the functional lead of the Member Services team, that delivers counties' education and service opportunities through a wide range of offerings. She will remain the…

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LGIT Seeking Search Firms for 2022 Executive Director Search

The Local Government Insurance Trust, primary insurance carrier for local governments across the state, will conduct an Executive Director Search in the months ahead, and is seeking executive search firms to assist in that process. LGIT is the member owned Trust that serves county and municipal governments across Maryland with stable, predictable, coverage and excellent member service. LGIT's Executive Director Tim Ailsworth plans to retire from his position in 2022, and the Trust is beginning…

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Join MACo in Wishing Leslie Velasco a Happy Retirement, After 26 Years

MACo's familiar and friendly face, Leslie Velasco, is retiring this week - capping 26 years with MACo that saw her elevate to Administration & Finance Director. The MACo staff and leadership join together in wishing our longtime friend and colleague Leslie Velasco much happiness in her retirement ahead. She has been the indispensable association staff, the "glue" that has held the office together for her many years. Leslie has developed deep roots and relationships with…

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Lights, Body Camera, Action – Talking Through Your Policy at #MACoCon

2021 legislation reforming police accountability included provisions mandating officers have body-worn cameras. Larger departments need to comply soon, smaller ones have a few years to implement - but the time is now to sort out the transitions ahead. At MACo's Winter Conference, we will hear from multiple viewpoints - department that have implemented camera systems, those that are amidst that transition, and what assistance might be available from familiar partners. Speakers will share their views…

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Education Leader Chester Finn’s Sprawling Q&A on Modern Schooling

Chester Finn, onetime Maryland State Board of Education leader and member of the Kirwan Commission, engaged with Rick Hess of Education Week for a far-ranging Q&A discussion on contemporary issues in education. Education Week, an online site focusing on school policies of all sorts, hosts an intriguing and multi-topic interview with Chester Finn. Mr Finn has been a national figure on education policy for many years, but is known to his fellow Marylanders for two…

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Annapolis Hillman Garage Scheduled for Closing, Rebuild, in 2022

The City of Annapolis and residents received current plans for, and updates on, the demolition and redevelopment of Noah Hillman Garage, at a City Council Work Session. This public garage closest to the MACo offices may be unavailable for an extended time, beginning in January 2022. Annapolis Mobility & Resilience Partners (AMRP) reported that significant progress has been made with City Dock over the last few months. Their most recent presentation, Reinvesting in Annapolis’ Waterfront,…

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State Labor Department Shares “Back to Work” Resources with Local Leaders

On a recent call with county and municipal leaders, Assistant Secretary of Labor Jim Rzepkowski reviewed a variety of programs and resources constituting a "back to work" effort for employers and workers across Maryland. During a bi-weekly call bringing together Administration and local government leaders, Assistant Secretary Rzepkowski spoke about a number of programs under the Department engineered to help accelerate job regrowth in the months ahead. The full presentation is available online as a…

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MACo OPEB Trust Offers Plug-and-Play Solution for Healthcare Liabilities

The MACo OPEB Investment Trust - designed to help counties put current assets to work toward long-term health care liabilities - is performing well, delivering healthy returns, and serving member needs. Trustees convened this week for a quarterly remote meeting to review its performance and management. The Board of Trustees of the MACo OPEB Investment Trust convened a quarterly meeting via WebEx on September 10. In addition to reviewing investment strategy and performance, and discussing…

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Huge Cache of Kirwan Blueprint Data Now Available

The Department of Legislative Services has posted a sizable set of data and background information relevant to the Kirwan Blueprint plan and legislation, including additional details on its fiscal effects and underlying assumptions. DLS, the nonpartisan staffing agency to the General Assembly, provides budget analyses and prepares "fiscal notes" on pending legislation, and offers professional staff support to the legislative functions. DLS staff played a major role in coordinating the fiscal estimates and information supporting…

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