Frederick County Executive Announces New Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Position

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced Thursday that her office plans to create a Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer position. The officer would work with Gardner and other senior county officials to ensure programs, policies, and resources in the county are equitable and inclusive. https://twitter.com/JanGardnerExec/status/1286348745748049920 From The Frederick News Post: According to the job description, the officer is "responsible for developing and providing overall management of a strategic framework, shaping, directing and advancing racial, gender,…

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City Council Approves Charter Amendment That Would Create City Administrator Position

The Baltimore City Council today gave final approval to legislation that, if signed by Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young and approved by voters, would establish a city administrator position to oversee the city’s day-to-day operations alongside the mayor. The charter amendment, introduced by City Council President Brandon Scott, was approved by a 9-5 vote, with one abstention. If signed by Mayor Young, the measure will appear on the ballot in the 2020 general election. "The…

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Calvert Announces Minor Organizational Restructure to Increase Efficiency, Services
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Calvert Announces Minor Organizational Restructure to Increase Efficiency, Services

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announced a minor reorganization plan designed to improve overall government operations and services to the public. The changes, which do not call for staff reductions, took effect on July 1, 2020. To better meet the needs of the residents, the County made minor changes in the General Services and Public Works Departments. First, the departmental reporting structure will be realigned, and all departments will report to Calvert…

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County Executive Pittman Appoints Ben Birge to Lead Economic Development, Makes Other Leadership Changes

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has tapped Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Ben Birge to serve as the President/CEO for the county’s Economic Development Corporation and Deputy CAO for land use Matt Power to serve as the new Chief CAO.  Additionally, Pittman has appointed Kai Boggess-de Bruin to serve as Chief of Staff. Boggess-de Bruin previously served as Deputy CAO for Health. She replaces Jennifer Purcell who will focus on priority projects for the County…

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Harford Makes the Push for Third Place in Census Rankings by County

Harford County is climbing in the ranks for counties with the highest percentage of self-responses to the Maryland Census. With 64.3% of their count completed, they rank third just behind second-place Howard (67.4%) and first-place Carroll (67.6%).   Harford previously ranked in fifth place just two weeks ago, behind Frederick and Montgomery County. Maryland is currently 14th in state rankings, tied with Idaho at 56.9%. Maryland held the thirteenth spot last week, with 54.2% of…

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Charles County to Host Citizens Academy this Spring

Charles County Government will host a Citizens Academy beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020. The 8-week program will provide residents with an opportunity to gain exposure and learn about Charles County Government through first-hand experience with a wide range of government functions, services, activities and issues. From Charles County Maryland's website: Classes will take place each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and two Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the…

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Impact of Frederick County’s Change to Charter Government

Frederick County made the switch from a board of commissioners model to a county charter in 2014, establishing a seven member County Council and the county executive. The reasoning behind this was for Frederick County to get a bigger seat at the table when it came to bargaining power and access. Viewpoints differ, but many believe this has given Frederick County more authority, including Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. From Frederick News Post: Frederick County…

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Olszewski names Director for New Office of Ethics and Acountability

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski announced Thursday that former acting State Prosecutor Kelly Beckham Madigan will be Executive Director for the County's Office of Ethics and Accountability.  The newly created office is tasked with identifying fraud and abuse in county government. Once approved by the County Council, Madigan will start in January with early objectives of establishing a website and confidential reporting system. She will have both autonomy from the County Executive's Office and unrestricted…

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Can a Governing Body’s Conflicts Be… Constructive?

A recent study on local governments looked at conflict among elected officials - and found, perhaps surprisingly, that certain "healthy" policy or priority conflicts may actually add to the effectiveness of a governing body. An academic study on public governing bodies (in Illinois) indicates that conflict among members of decision-making bodies can actually be healthy - but the nature of the conflict matters in this respect. Coverage on Route Fifty, a website with news about…

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