Mayor Scott to Internet: “Ask Me Anything!”

Baltimore's 52nd mayor, Brandon M. Scott, braved the internet site Reddit for his own "Ask Me Anything" conversation. Reddit calls itself "the front page of the internet" and the message board hosts conversations suited to just about any audience. One popular offering has been for public figures to volunteer to go onto the site, announcing in advance their plans to do so with the wide-open invitation for board members to "Ask Me Anything." Mayor Scott…

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Virginia White Marks 10 Years With MACo

Join us in congratulating Member Services Director Virginia White, who this week celebrated 10 years since she joined the MACo team! Virginia White, who now leads the Member Services side of the MACo staff, has been managing MACo's conferences and events for ten years now. Through that time, MACo has enjoyed great leaps in innovation under her watch and reliable hand -- with notable growth in conference attendance and educational offerings each year. In her…

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House Sends Rep. Trone’s Inmate Mental Health Bill to President

A bi-partisan bill, championed by bill sponsor Rep. David Trone (MD-6), addressing mental health services for incarcerated people in federal and state prisons received a unanimous House of Representatives vote, and will be sent to the President to be signed into law. Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) announced that his bipartisan legislation, the Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act of 2020, which would support mental health treatment for incarcerated individuals, unanimously passed the House of…

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State Vaccination Plan Includes Focused Roll-Out

The framework for Maryland's distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has been released - and includes distribution categories for populations to receive it, beginning with health care workers and senior living residents. The plan, summarized in a brief document distributed by the Maryland Department of Health, seeks to distribute vaccine in multiple stages, targeting workers with high exposure and highest risk populations as early as possible. A summary of the plan's major components covers the essentials and…

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Hospital CEO: “We Have Beds… It’s the Staff”

A Legislative COVID Response Group convened on December 16, and heard broad, timely updates on caseloads and trends, along with statewide responses and vaccination planning. The December 16 briefing on COVID-19 illustrated the continued upward climb of caseloads and deaths, but includes elements of optimism as vaccines have been distributed. Acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and leaders from the Maryland Department of Health reviewed current numbers, and discussed the plans for vaccine distribution in the…

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Natasha Mehu to Lead Baltimore City’s Annapolis Offices

Mayor Brandon Scott Has Named Natasha Mehu, Longtime MACo Staffer, to Lead Office of Government Relations Natasha Mehu, familiar to the MACo family as a six year member of the Association's policy team, will continue her policy work in Annapolis, leading the Office of Government Relations for new Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott. From the Mayor's full press release: Mayor Brandon M. Scott is announcing another top position in his administration this morning: the selection…

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Register For NACo’s Dec 20 Large Urban / Rural Counties Virtual Symposium

NACo will host a joint event for two of its most active caucuses, the Rural Action Caucus, and the Large Urban Counties Caucus - together during the afternoon of December 20. The National Association of Counties, ever working to reach its member jurisdictions, has assembled a half day of content to bridge the interests of two of its most active sub-groups, those representing the largest urban members, and its most sparsely-populated rural members. The December…

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Wardens Honor Statewide “Officer of the Year” Winners

Caroline County's "Officer of the Year" Ky-Asia Pinkett The Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, MACo's corrections affiliate organization, has recognized an "Officers and Employees of the Year" winner from each jurisdiction. MACo joins in saluting these outstanding local contributors. Twenty four correctional officers, selected for their service throughout the year, have been honored by the Maryland Correctional Officers Association for their standout service. The MCAA website includes names and pictures of the local officers so recognized.…

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Kevin Kinnally to Lead MACo Policy Team as Legislative Director

Kevin Kinnally, a MACo veteran of nearly five years, will serve as Legislative Director. Kevin Kinnally will take on the leadership role in MACo's policy development and advocacy, becoming MACo's Legislative Director. The progression continues his advance in serving Maryland counties through policy advocacy. "I am very confident of Kevin's abilities, and his commitment to the Association and our mission. He will work very hard for the counties' benefit," said Executive Director Michael Sanderson. He…

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Tara Jackson Named New Prince George’s CAO

Tara Jackson, incoming Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George's County Tara Jackson has been named Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George's County. She assumes the county's top non-elected leadership position after serving as Deputy CAO for Government Operations. She had previously accompanied County Executive Angela Alsobrooks at the Office of the State's Attorney. Jackson replaces Major F. Riddick, who returned to county service to aid in the new Administration's transition and early efforts. County Executive…

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