Mayor Scott Announces Confirmation of Chief Administrative Officer

The City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment of Faith Leach to serve as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Baltimore. In her role, Leach will manage the day-to-day operations of city government, ensuring the effective, efficient and equitable delivery of city services. "Following a weekend of productive collaboration, I am proud to announce that Faith Leach is confirmed as Baltimore's Chief Administrative Officer. With her exceptional leadership skills and expertise, I am confident that…

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Local Management Boards are Key County Players at #MACoCon

Local Management Boards are active in all 24 of Maryland’s counties and perform a variety of critical roles to support Maryland children and families. MACo Winter Conference attendees learned about these critical pieces of local infrastructure and why it's important to partner with them. Established in the 1990s, Local Management Boards (LMBs) are quasi-authorities of local government. LMBs empower local authorities to plan, implement, and monitor service programs for organizations that serve youth and families.…

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County Elected Officials Sworn in for New Term

Around the state, Marylanders were sworn in for a new term in county government elected office, embarking on a new chapter of public service. See the wrap-up below of coverage of County Councils, Commissioners, and Executives taking the oath of office: **Please note Baltimore City is on a different election cycle and therefore not included in this post.** Allegany Check back after the swearing in on December 15, 2023. Anne Arundel Baltimore County https://twitter.com/BaltCoGov/status/1599867762780033025 Calvert…

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Montgomery State’s Attorney Tours Schools, Warns of Ghost Guns

On Saturday, September 24th, Bethesda Magazine published a piece chronicling Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy's efforts to educate students on gun safety issues, focusing on ghost guns. The State's Attorney is visiting each of Montgomery County's 26 high schools to “educate [the county's] high school students about how to keep schools and students safe.” Gun seizures have risen in the last year, with "907 guns [having] been seized in the county as of Sept. 11,"…

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Meaghan Alegi to Head Harford’s Law Department

On Monday, September 19th, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman named Meaghan Alegi as acting director of the County’s Law Department. Ms. Alegi succeeds Melissa Lambert, who will serve as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Ms. Lambert had led the Law Department for eight years and notably achieved a reversal on a 30-year-old rubble landfill case worth $45M. Moreover, earlier this year, she represented Harford during negotiations with the state…

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Americorps Helps Fill Increasing Public Health Worker Gap

A recent Governing article spotlights "Public Health Americorps," an expansion of the longstanding public service program made possible through a $400 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) investment. In recent months, Public Health Americorps has helped local health departments (LHDs) across the country address staffing shortages and potentially stem a "mass exodus" of public health workers. Among LHDs, a Kaiser Health News report found that 300 leaders had "retired, resigned or been terminated since the…

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Montgomery Council Likely to See First Female Majority in Decades

The November general election signals changes in Maryland's political landscape, and Montgomery County Council is likely to experience a significant shift. The 2022 election cycle will bring a wave of change to county governing bodies across the state. One noteworthy shift will be in the newly reconstructed Montgomery County Council, expanded by a 2020 charter amendment to 11 members. With party registration historically rendering the general election unlikely to change outcomes, Maryland Matters has profiled…

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Senator Cardin Conversed with Attendees at #MACoCon’s Town Hall

United States Senator Ben Cardin fielded questions from MACo Summer Conference attendees about federal policy at a well-attended town hall forum. US Senator Ben Cardin answered questions at MACo’s Town Hall Forum with US Senator Ben Cardin on topics including, but not limited to, healthcare, opioids, immigration, and major federal legislation, most notably the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Senator Cardin also emphasized the importance of cooperation between Maryland’s federal, state,…

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Janssen Evelyn Appointed Anne Arundel’s Police Accountability Board Executive Director

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has appointed Janssen Evelyn as the first-ever Executive Director of Anne Arundel County's Police Accountability Board. Before joining Anne Arundel County, Mr. Evelyn worked as Of Counsel at Baker Donelson. He has prior county experience, having served as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Howard County and working in the Prince George's and Howard Counties' Office of Law. Mr. Evelyn holds a JD from Washington and Lee School of Law and…

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NACo Unveils Housing Solutions Matchmaker Tool

Understanding how housing environments vary significantly across the nation, the National Association of Counties unveiled the "Housing Solutions Matchmaker Tool," a utility intended to help county officials develop policies tailored to their communities. The tool, launched at NACo's 2022 Annual Conference and Exposition, will assist officials with understanding their housing market and provide potentially helpful resources and policies to address key challenges. The Brookings Institute and Aspen Institute lent their expertise to develop the matchmaker…

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