Are Some Pandemic Quick Fixes Here to Stay? A Longer-Term Look at Short-Term Solutions

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. MACo’s Summer Conference – “Resilient. Responsive…Ready.” will cover evergreen issues that impact counties, as well as many topics pertaining to response and recovery around the pandemic, such as those described in the session below: Are Some Pandemic Quick Fixes…

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Anne Arundel Appoints New Equal Opportunity & Human Relations Officer

Smith’s prior roles include work with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, New York City Commission on Human Rights. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today named Asha Smith as Anne Arundel County’s new Equal Opportunity and Human Relations Officer. “Asha Smith brings a wealth of equal employment knowledge and leadership to our team, including her key role in our school system’s response to the pandemic,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “I want to thank Joelle…

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County Government 101: Human Resources

Carroll County Government this week released the seventh installment of “Carroll 101,” a series of presentations to provide basic overviews and highlights of County departments and divisions. The County releases a new episode every week, and each session is led by one of the County’s 13 directors. This week's presentation covers the Department of Human Resources and is led by Director Kim Frock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK1bMx4j8Kg According to Carroll County Government: Each session, approximately 15 minutes in length,…

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Anne Arundel County Executive Pittman Appoints New Chief Personnel Officer

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman last week announced the appointment of Anne M. Budowski as the County’s new chief personnel officer. Budowski’s appointment became effective on June 21, 2021. “Anne Budwoski has done outstanding work for both the County and the state,” said County Executive Pittman. “She is the leader we need right now to ensure that our county maintains its reputation as a great place to work.” Budowski has worked in state and…

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Anne Arundel Names First Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today named Richard H. “Pete” Hill as the County’s first Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Hill, a Glen Burnie resident who joins County government after serving in a variety of federal government roles, will be tasked with developing a county-wide EDI strategy that will be the roadmap for department and government-wide equity action plan implementation. “Pete Hill will play a critical role in our efforts to improve…

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NACo Counties at Work Virtual Summit – June 10-11

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) on June 10 and 11 for the Counties at Work Virtual Summit. With automation, shifting demographics and the vast impacts of COVID-19 and increased remote work opportunities, America’s counties are planning for evolving workforce and industry needs.This free, two-day online event will feature experts and effective county solutions for many workforce issues, beginning at 11:30 am, Thursday, June 10 with remarks from keynote speaker, U.S. Secretary of Labor…

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US Department of Labor’s FAQs on COBRA Continuing Health Care Coverage

A recent discussion of county Human Resources officers highlighted new federal rules, arising from the American Rescue Plan Act, altering employer and employee responsibilities for continuing health care coverage post-employment. A F-A-Q document available from the US Department of Labor is a good guide to employer and employee need-to-know topics. From the US Department of Labor, here are selections from the Frequently Asked Questions about COBRA health insurance continuing coverage: General Information Q1: I have…

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Washington County Appoints New Director of Human Resources

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners last week appointed Larry Etchison as director of Human Resources. “I am excited and thankful to welcome Larry Etchison to Washington County as the County’s new Human Resources Director, said County Administrator John Martirano. "I am very impressed with Larry’s vast Human Resources experience and I believe he has the skill and ability to do great things for the employees of Washington County Government.” According to a County…

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Mayor Scott Appoints Dana P. Moore as Baltimore’s First Chief Equity Officer
Dana P. Moore (photo courtesy of Baltimore City)
Mayor Scott Appoints Dana P. Moore as Baltimore’s First Chief Equity Officer

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced the appointment of current Acting City Solicitor, Dana P. Moore, to serve as the City's first Chief Equity Officer, a cabinet-level position. As Chief Equity Officer, Moore will work closely with the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to ensure city government operates through a framework of equity across all agencies, boards, and commissions. She will help city agencies shape their equity platforms, offer guidance, and ensure compliance with…

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