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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Baltimore City Offers Trauma Informed Care Training

On Thursday, July 21st, Baltimore City issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for Baltimore community-based organizations to receive American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to conduct trauma-informed care training for residents, city agencies, and other organizations. The City is offering $510,000 in reimbursable grants over a two-year period through the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE). Baltimore City regularly provides trauma-informed care training as a part of the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act.…

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Baltimore County Executive Olszewski Adds and Elevates Key Personnel
Baltimore County Executive- elect Johnny O Jr. (photo source: twitter)
Baltimore County Executive Olszewski Adds and Elevates Key Personnel

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has made two key personnel changes to his staff, hiring Rebecca Young as Deputy Administrative Officer and elevating Sevetra Peoples-Brown to Interim Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Both personnel announcements reflect current and future vacancies. Drew Vetter, the current Deputy Administrative Officer, will serve his last day on July 15th. Troy Williams, the former Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, has assumed a similar position in Arlington, Texas. Executive Olszewski…

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Baltimore City Releases Annual Public Safety Report

On Thursday, July 7th, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott released the City's first annual report providing a year-in-review progress update on the implementation of its Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan (CVPP). The report details the work of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE). Although the agency's mission is broad in scope, a primary goal of MONSE is to holistically address the challenges of trauma and violence on young people, families, and neighborhoods in…

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