Harford’s Capt’n Jim McMahan Honored as Outstanding Veteran Volunteer
Serving Those Who Served Our Country panel from left to right: Senator Waugh, Delegate Young, Councilman McMahan, Robert Brown, Dana Hendrickson
Harford’s Capt’n Jim McMahan Honored as Outstanding Veteran Volunteer

Recent MACo Conference Panel "Serving Those Who Served Our Country" moderated by then Council Member McMahan, at the lectern Longtime MACo favorite Capt'n Jim McMahan, former Council Member in Harford County, receives a statewide honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his continued service. Former Council Member Jim McMahan (Capt'n Jim to everyone) has been honored for his longtime volunteer work to serve veterans. The honor was bestowed by the Maryland State Society…

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September’s LGIT Leader Newsletter – Loaded With Info

The Local Government Insurance Trust, co-founded by MACo and a MACo Corporate Partner, serves local governments with insurance coverage - ensuring quality, responsive, and stable coverage for your services, employees and property. LGIT offers an occasional newsletter covering its services and updates - and the September issue is unusually packed with relevant and timely issues. In this brief newsletter, read about: -revisions to LGIT's equipment breakdown policy coverage -a new vendor for cyber insurance, available…

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Dorchester’s Lenny Pfeffer Joins MACo Board of Directors

MACo's Board of Directors Welcomes Dorchester County Council Member Lenny Pfeffer George L. "Lenny" Pfeffer represents the Fourth District of the Dorchester County Council, a northern district nestled along the banks of the Choptank, and abutting Caroline County - including Secretary, where he has deep community ties. He is retired from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department where he served as a Firefighter, EMT, MFRI Instructor, Driver/Operator and Lieutenant.  He is also the former owner…

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25 Year Toast to MACo’s Leslie Velasco

Join us in congratulations as MACo's ever-present Leslie Velasco celebrates 25 years with the Association this week. If you've exhibited at the MACo conferences, been part of the MACo budget process, or spent time at the MACo offices... then you already know how essential and important Leslie Velasco has been through her 25 years with the Association. Leslie, MACo's Administration and Finance Director, is effectively the "showrunner" of the Annapolis offices. She manages payroll and…

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Maryland Re-Added to Northeastern States’ COVID Quarantine List

Multiple Northeastern states have re-added Maryland to their "Quarantine List" or states where their residents must quarantine following any visits, citing troubling positive test numbers. Maryland is one of four states recently re-added to the warning list maintained by New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. From WBNG (CBS affiliate, Binghamton): Quarantine applies to any state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher…

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Kent Joins Most Counties: Won’t Do Social Security “Holiday”

The Kent County Commissioners opted to decline the authorized deferral of social security taxes, citing concerns that the deferral would require double-taxing in early 2021, and the employer would assume costs for employees who leave their jobs. The Kent County Commissioners, during their regular September 8 meeting, discussed the potential deferral of county employees' federal Social Security taxes, as authorized by recent federal action. They concluded the county would not implement the authorized tax deferral,…

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MoCo Private Schools Debate Heading to Federal Courts

Following a week of back-and-forth regarding the authority to allow or deny private schools to re-open for in-person classes, the dispute between Montgomery County and the State of Maryland appears to be headed to the federal courts. In a predictable turn following several days of salvos, the matter of approving (or denying) private school in-person education in Montgomery County appears to be headed to federal court. The County, whose public schools will be remote offerings…

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City Administrator Will Be On Ballot After Override

The Baltimore City Council overrode the Mayor's veto of a charter amendment creating a City Administrator position, putting that item among several ballot questions for City voters in November. From coverage in the Baltimore Sun: [Council President and mayoral nominee Brandon] Scott says the creation of a high-profile city administrator position will “professionalize” local government and bring Baltimore in line with the best practices in place across several surrounding jurisdictions. The City Council approved the…

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Sen. McCray: If Federal Relief Fails, Brace For State Cuts

A State fiscal leader warns a failure to pass the still-in-negotiations federal relief bill could trigger severe budget cuts. As the white-hot speculation continues around the political will to reach a compromise on new and extended federal relief from the coronavirus pandemic, Maryland leaders fear that an inability to reach a deal could have dire local consequences. From coverage in the Maryland Reporter: “I do believe strongly that if we don’t get another stimulus injected…

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The MACo Book Club is Back! August 20 Virtual Meeting, “Collapse” By Jared Diamond

MACo is proud to continue its recent tradition - a "Book Club" meeting as part of our summertime offerings. The group has traditionally focused on books dealing with public policy and leadership - this summer's offering is Jared Diamond's "Collapse." MACo is proud to renew a recent tradition, a good-government themed Book Club for county officials and other stakeholders. Recent iterations have brought conference attendees together to discuss leadership, innovative budgeting, customer service, and time…

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