Judge Turner to Keynote Diversity Caucus Luncheon

The Honorable Ingrid M. Turner (photo courtesy Maryland Archives)

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus) will hold a luncheon from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the MACo Summer Conference. The luncheon is open to all conference attendees with a Thursday lunch ticket. A Thursday lunch ticket is provided with a full conference registration, and may also be purchased separately with the Thursday daily registration.

This year’s luncheon keynote will be a conversation with The Honorable Ingrid Turner moderated by Tomeka Bumbrey, Chief of Staff, for Prince George’s County Council District 4. Judge Turner will discuss leveraging passion and personal experiences for professional transitions, particularly in the realm of public service. She brings to the table a range of experiences including having served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the U.S. Navy; a member of the Prince George’s County Council representing District 4and currently as a Judge on the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit.

The Diversity Caucus provides an organizational structure for county elected officials of minority descent to empower, represent, and respond to issues affecting the most vulnerable communities and constituencies; to promote legislation and policies beneficial to the people they represent; and to serve as a central point for information and participation within the Maryland Association of Counties. The mission of the Diversity Caucus is to foster current and future leaders from within the community of elected officials of minority descent and in Maryland county government, and to provide resources and support for Diversity Caucus members and those who share its goals. Visit the MACo website to learn more about the Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus.

The 2018 MACo Summer Conference will be held August 15-18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

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Green is the New Black

At this year’s MACo Summer Conference learn how correctional training and environmental programs intersect to build marketable job skills and improve communities in the process.

Title: Green is the New Black

Description: Local jails operate numerous programs where inmates can receive training along with marketable skills that are geared toward improving the ecology, quality, and beauty of the state’s waterways and surrounding communities. Rain gardening and landscaping, water retention pond maintenance, and oyster habitat restoration are just a few of the programs that connect environmental protection and job training. In this session, learn more about how these programs are a success for the individual inmates as well as the communities that benefit from their newly acquired skills.


  • Robert Green, Director, Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Marsha Bailey, Director of Re-Entry and Transition Services, DPSCS
  • Lori Lilly, Director, Howard EcoWorks

Moderator: The Honorable Charles Sydnor, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2018; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The 2018 MACo Summer Conference will be held August 15-18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

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Baltimore City to Certify Hospitals Based on Opioid Care

“Levels of Care” initiative to categorize hospitals based on ability to treat opioid addiction and overdoses.

The Baltimore City Health Department will certify and classify all 11 of the city’s acute care hospitals based on their ability to provide care for opioid addiction and overdoses. Certifications will be released by December 2018 based on standards that were developed in partnership with the Maryland Hospital Association and other stakeholders.

The Baltimore Business Journal reports:

A three-level system will be used to assess a hospital’s capacity to prevent and treat overdose and opioid use. It will evaluate multiple factors, including a hospital’s ability to provide treatment to any patient — in the emergency department or elsewhere — who screens positive for addiction; distribute overdose-reversal drug naloxone to patients at risk of overdose; connect patients with peers who in recovery from addiction; and ensure physicians are prescribing opioids carefully, in line with specific guidelines. A hospital can be level 3, 2, or 1, with a level 1 hospital offering the most comprehensive approach.

The health department launched this initiative in an effort to expand addiction treatment in the face of the ongoing opioid crisis.

For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Business Journal.

One unfortunate consequence (of many) brought on by the opioid crisis is the dramatic rise in substance exposed newborns (SEN). SEN are babies that test positive for a controlled drug or show symptoms of withdrawal from prenatal exposure. Learn more about what counties are doing to protect our most precious and vulnerable residents at the MACo Summer Conference session, “Handle With Care: Substance Exposed Newborns,” scheduled for Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

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Good to the Last Drop: Keeping Your Water Clean

Ever wonder what keeps the water that comes out of your faucets clean? Or what happens to help clean after it goes down the drain? How does your water stay contaminant free? If so, the panelists at the MACo Summer Conference session, “Good to the Last Drop: Keeping Your Water Clean,” will help to answer those and other questions.

Title: Good to the Last Drop: Keeping Your Water Clean

Description: What do pharmaceuticals/drugs, lead, and human waste have in common? They all can—and unfortunately sometimes do—end up in our water systems! Public water systems are monitored for nearly 80 substances that are damaging to your health. Thankfully, whether it is through intricate county waste water treatment systems, regulations on home septic systems, or even simple education and outreach to residents, local governments have teams of professionals dedicated to keeping your water clean of pollutants and safe to consume or use. In this session, learn how local governments are working hard to protect your health and welfare by keeping your water clean of harmful toxins and contaminants and what you can do to help.


  • Clifford S. Mitchell, M.D., Director, Environmental Health Bureau, Maryland Department of Health
  • Leigh Broderick, L.E.H.S., Director, Environmental Health, Carroll County
  • Don Curtian, Director, Environmental Health, Anne Arundel County
  • John Holaday, CEO, Dispose Rx

Moderator: The Honorable Erek Barron, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2018; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The 2018 MACo Summer Conference will be held August 15-18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

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Grant Alert! GOCCP Releases NOFA for Pretrial Services

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Pretrial Services Program Grant (PSPG):


The purpose of this program is to assist counties in the development, implementation, and improvement of pretrial services programs that reduce the size and cost of pretrial detention populations on the county level, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety outcomes, specifically the safety of victims and witnesses. Additionally the program establishes a consistent standard of best practices across all grant funded pretrial release services.


House Bill 447 of Maryland’s 2018 Legislative Session established the Pretrial Services Program Grant Fund. Chapter 771 was approved by the governor on May 15, 2018.

Funded Categories

Contractual services, equipment, operating expenses, other, and personnel

Eligible Entities

County government agencies, local courts, local detention centers


FY 2019 PSPG Application Guidance Kit

Online submission deadline: July 17, 2018 at 3 pm. 

For more information visit the GOCCP PSPG webpage or contact:

Quentin Jones
Program Manager
Phone: 410-697-9318
Email: quentin.jones@maryland.gov


Justice Schisler
Chief of Programs
Phone: 410-697-9334
Email: justice.schisler@maryland.gov

Eastern Shore Primary Election Round Up

Caroline County

In the Republican primary race for County Commissioner incumbents Larry C. Porter ( 25.6%,) and Wilbur Levengood Jr. (17.3%) will advance to the general election to face Nevin Crouse who was unopposed in the Democratic primary race. Incumbent Daniel Franklin (14.9%) is in a tight race for third against political newcomer Frank Bartz (15%). Franklin is down by only 6 votes while 67 Republican absentee ballots remain to be counted. In the State’s Attorneys race, current interim State’s Attorney Joe Riley (R) defeated Maureen D. Keogh (R). Riley is unopposed will be unopposed in the general election as there were no Democratic candidates for State’s Attorney.


In the race for county council, incumbents Don B. Satterfield (District 1) (R), William Nichols (District 2) (D), Ricky C. Travers, Sr. (District 3) (D), and challengers Lenny Pfeffer (District 4) (R) and Libby Handley Nagel (District 5) (R) will advance to the general election. Of the primary winners, only Satterfield faces a race in the general election against Jay Leonard Newcomb (D). The rest are unopposed. State’s Attorney William H. Jones (D) retains his seat having no opposition in the primary or for the general. Sheriff incumbent James W. Phillips, Jr. (D) will face Gregory S. Robbins, Sr. (R) in the general election. Both were unopposed in their respective primaries.


Republican incumbent William Short and candidates Bob Jacob and Tom Mason will advance to the general election for county commissioner where they will face Democratic incumbents William Pickrum and Ron Fithian as well as candidate Thomas F. Timberman. The Republican candidates won 23.2%, 22.9%, and 19.6% of the primary vote respectively, while the Democratic candidates secured 33.7%, 32%, and 34.2% votes respectively. In the State’s Attorney’s race Robert H. Strong (R), who was unopposed in the primary, will face Bryan DiGregory (D) in the general election. DiGregory won 53.6% of the Democratic primary against Andrew C. Meehan.


District 1 incumbent Craig N. Mathies (D) has retained his seat. Mathies was unopposed in the primary election and faces no opposition in the general election. In District 2 primary both the Republican candidate, incumbent Charles Fisher, and Democratic candidate, incumbent Rex Simpkins ran unopposed. They both advance and face off in the general election. District 3 will see Eldon Willing (R) and Deborah Ann Nissley (D), both unopposed in their primaries compete for the seat in the general race. Charles Laird secured victory in the Republican primary for District 4 against Eddie Brimer, and will face Ken Ballard (D), who ran unopposed, in the general election.  In District 5, incumbent Randy Laird (D) will face challenger Mike Corbin (R) in the general election. Both were unopposed in their primaries. Interim State’s Attorney Wess Garner (R) was unopposed in the primary and is unopposed in the general securing his place as Somerset County State’s Attorney.


In a close primary race, Republicans incumbent Chuck Callahan (18.8%), incumbent Corey W. Pack (17.1 %), incumbent Jennifer L. Williams (16.2%), Frank Divilio (16.1%), and incumbent Laura Everngam Price (16%) will advance to the general election. They will face Democrats Keasha N. Haythe (20.5%), Pete Lesher (18.2%), Naomi Hyman (17.8%), Rosalee “Rose” Potter (14.1%) and Maureen Scott-Taylor (14.1%) in the general election. State’s Attorney Scott G. Patterson was unopposed in the primary and is unopposed in the general securing his place as State’s Attorney.


Incumbent County Executive Bob Culver (R), unopposed in the primary election, will face John William Hamilton (D), also unopposed, in the general election. For the at-large seats, Republican Incumbent John T. Cannon and candidate Julie D. Brewington, will face Democratic candidates William R. McCain and Jamaad Gould. In District 1 Democratic primary incumbent Ernest Davis (51.1%) secured his seat against Eugenie Pinkett Shields (40.3%) and Marvin Ames (8.6%). He is unopposed in the general election. In District 2, incumbent Marc Kilmer (R) was unopposed and will face Alexander W. Scott (D) in the general election. Likewise in District 3 incumbent Larry W. Dodd (R) will face Michele Gregory (D), and District 4 Suzanah Cain (R) will face Josh Hastings (D) in the general election. Incumbent Joe Holloway was unopposed in the primary election and will be in the general election, securing his position on the council. Interim State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes (R) will face challenger W. Seth Mitchell (D) in the general election.


Incumbents Diana Purnell (District 2) (D), Madison “Jim” Bunting, Jr. (District 6) (R), and Joseph M. Mitrecic (District 7) (R) will retain their seats as county commissioners having faced no challengers in their primary elections and having none in the general. In the general election, District 1 will see incumbent Merrill W. Lockfaw, Jr. (R) face challenger Joshua C. Nordstrom (D); District 3 will see incumbent Bud Church (R) face challenger Zackery Tyndall (D); District 4 will see incumbent Theodore “Ted” Elder (R) face challenger Virgil L. Shockley; and District 5 incumbent Chip Bertino face challenger Judy Butler. In the State’s Attorney race Kris Heiser (R) beat interim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott (D) winning 51.7% over 48.3% of the vote. Heiser in unopposed in the general election.

MACo’s election coverage and analysis relies, as always, on unofficial results published by the State Board of Elections. Official results will follow, after a full accounting of pending ballots. Given the larger-than-usual expected number of provisional ballots (which would not be included in the unofficial vote total), readers are advised that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.


Jealous Wins Democratic Primary for Governor

Source: benjealous.com

Ben Jealous, former NAACP President, has won the Democratic Primary for governor. Jealous captured a total of 220,012 votes or 39.8% of votes in the closely watched eight-way race.

Jealous’ win may signal a shift in Maryland’s Democratic Party as reported in The Baltimore Sun:

His victory over fellow front-runner Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who was backed by the state’s political establishment, demonstrated the growing influence of the progressive wing of the Maryland Democratic Party. His win was part of a wave of victories against establishment candidates in state government.

In addition to Baker and Jealous, the race featured state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., the state’s first openly gay senator; Krish Vignarajah, an immigrant, new mother and former Michelle Obama policy aide; Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea, and tech entrepreneur Alec Ross.

Jealous, and his running mate Susie Turnbull, will face popular incumbent Governor Larry Hogan in the November general election. Hogan was unopposed in the Republican Primary election. Jealous is only the second African-American to win the Democratic Primary nomination for Maryland governor and if he wins in the general election he would be the first to serve as governor.

Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of 9:00 am Wednesday morning.

Harrison Secures Seat in Crowded Delegate Race

Source: Maryland State Archives

Out of a crowd of 11 candidates, Prince George’s County Council Member Andrea Harrison joins incumbents Erek Barron and Jazz Lewis in winning the democratic primary election for House District 24.

Barron led the race capturing a total of 9,516 votes or 20.3% of votes. Lewis and Harrison came in second and third with 17.4% and 14.5% of the vote.

Andrea Harrison was first elected to the Prince George’s County Council in a 2008 special election and served two years. She was reelected in 2010 and 2014. Harrison represents the 5th District which includes Bladensburg, Cheverly, Colmar Manor, Cottage City,​ Edmonston, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden​, Landover, portions of Lanham, ​Mitchellville, and portions of unincorporated Bowie and Hyattsville.

The candidates are unopposed in general election as no republicans filed for House District 24.

Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of 7:15 am Wednesday morning.

Rising Tides of Rural Health Care

When it comes to the delivery of health care one size rarely fits all. Each area of the state faces its own unique challenges.

At the MACo Summer Conference session “Rising Tides of Rural Health Care” learn how rural communities across the state are thinking outside the box to address health care issues.

Title: Rising Tides of Rural Health Care

Description: Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural and cover a population of over 1.6 million. These rural counties (and rural areas of urban counties) have unique challenges and vulnerable populations with needs that can be vastly different than those seen in their more urban counterparts. There are exciting, emerging opportunities to transform the framework for rural health care through new partnerships, innovative funding methods, and inventive means of delivering services. In this session, learn more about the future of rural health in Maryland.


  • Lara Wilson, Executive Director, Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA)
  • Dr. Joseph Ciotola, Health Officer, Queen Anne’s County
  • Mark Luckner, Executive Director, Community Health Resource Commission
  • Simone Bratton, Medicaid, Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
  • Charlotte Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council

Moderator: The Honorable Mary Beth Carozza, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2018; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The 2018 MACo Summer Conference will be held August 15-18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

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Big Discussions on Small Cells at MACo Symposium

Lead sponsor AT&T offers welcoming remarks.

MACo’s Spring Symposium ‘The Big Picture on Small Cells’ delivered important and timely information on the emerging technology to a full house of local government attendees.  

This year MACo’s spring symposium drew a wall-to-wall and wide ranging crowd of county officials, planners, IT officers, attorneys, government relations staff, and industry experts to discuss small cell technology and local governments role and responsibilities of managing deployment.

Held June 21, 2018 at the Newton White Manor in Prince George’s County participants discussed ways counties can prepare for and manage the deployment of small cells in their jurisdictions. The event was moderated by Mitsuko Herrera, Director of UltraMontgomery.

Andrew Afflerbach
Afflerbach explaining stakeholders involved in small cell technology.

Small Cell 101 and the Race to 5G

The day started with a nuts and bolts presentation about small cells and the oft discussed coming of 5G technology. Topics ranged from the components of a small cell, range and purpose of the services they provide, and how the technology fits in to present and future connectivity concerns.

Panelists included:

  • Andrew Afflerbach, Director of Engineering – CTC Technology and Energy

Small Cells Major Issues Panel
Presenters discussed federal timelines and shot clocks for small cells that counties must meet while managing processes on the local level.

Major Legal Issues

This Q&A style panel walked through important issues and legal considerations counties must consider when it comes to small cells. The panelists answered questions pitched by moderator Mitsuko Herrera and raised by audience members regarding topics including federal laws and shot clocks, the different roles counties play in the transactions and ensuring all the necessary county departments are involved, the various agreements that should be considered and crafted, and working with the expectations of community members.

Panelists included:

  • Gerard Lederer, Partner, BBK Law
  • Victor Tervala, Chief Solicitor, Baltimore City

Success Stories Panel
Speakers highlighted their jurisdictions’ accomplishments managing small cell deployment.

Success Stories

For the afternoon sessions, representatives from counties and municipalities showcased their success stories of devising agreements and/or ordinances and working with the industry to manage the deployment of small cells within their jurisdictions.


Panelists included:

  • Bill Jorch, Manager, Government Relations and Research, Maryland Municipal League (MML)
  • Helen Spinelli, Principal Planner, Queen Anne’s County
  • John Seefried, Bureau of Engineering, Howard County
  • Frank Johnson, Assistant City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg
  • Victor Tervala, Chief Solicitor, Baltimore City

Facilitated Discussion

The day ended with an open forum for audience member to ask any remaining questions they had for the moderator and other attendees in the room.

The event was sponsored by AT&T. Exhibitors included Crown Castle, Shulman Rogers Law Firm and Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA), Smartlink LLC, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.

Thank you, AT&T, for your continued support of Maryland’s counties!


MACo will discuss small cells again as part of its 2018 Summer Conference Tech Expo. Learn more about “Surf’s Up! Small Cell Tsunami,”  scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, from 11 am – noon.

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Questions? vwhite@mdcounties.org