Baltimore City Names New Director for Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced Tamika C. Gauvin as the new director for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), effective December 17, 2019. The MOCJ advises the Mayor on all crime reduction and criminal justice matters. MOCJ strives to reduce crime in Baltimore and enhance the perception of public safety by developing and implementing crime reduction strategies and programs. “Reducing violent crime in Baltimore City is a top priority of…

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Prince George’s Council Elects Turner to Serve Second Term as Chair

The Prince George’s County Council this week unanimously re-elected Council Member Todd M. Turner to serve a second term as Council chair. At-Large Council Member Calvin S. Hawkins, II was unanimously elected to serve as Council vice-chair. “I look forward to working with my colleague, At-Large Council Member Calvin S. Hawkins, II," Turner said. Thank you for accepting the challenge of leadership. Your experience and team spirit will be critical components to achieving our legislative…

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Howard Council Elects New Officers

The Howard County Council yesterday voted to elect Council Member Deb Jung as its chairperson and Council Member Liz Walsh as its vice-chairperson. Council Member Christina Rigby will serve as the Council's representative on MACo's Legislative Committee (Council Member Jung will serve as Council Member Rigby's alternate). According to a press release: At its legislative session on December 2, 2019, the Howard County Council elected new officers. They are as follows: County Council Chairperson: Deb…

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Baltimore County Announces Zoning Request Dashboard

Baltimore County’s Department of Planning has launched a new interactive web dashboard displaying zoning issues raised during the 2020 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP), making the process more accessible to county residents. “Since taking office, my administration has made it a priority to make county services more accessible and transparent,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “The Comprehensive Zoning Map Process is a critical step in determining land use and planning for  our county, and we’re committed to…

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Pickard Elected Chair of Anne Arundel Council

The Anne Arundel County Council yesterday voted unanimously to elect Council Member Allison Pickard, a member of MACo's Legislative Committee, as its new chair. Council Member Sarah Lacey was elected vice-chair. Pickard, who represents District 2,  takes the reigns from Council Member Andrew Pruski, who has served as chair since December of last year. "Tonight by a unanimous vote of Council Colleagues I was elected chair of the Anne Arundel County Council. I am proud…

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City Council Approves Public Campaign Financing Option

The Baltimore City Council today approved legislation to establish public campaign financing for candidates seeking City elective office. The voluntary program would allocate matching funds to candidates who agree not to accept individual donations larger than $150 or donations from corporations, unions, and political action committees (PACS). According to WYPR: For example, mayoral candidates must raise either $40,000 or receive donations from 500 individuals or more to tap into the fund; candidates for comptroller or…

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Battling Icy Boulevards with Beet Juice

A new proposal in the Michigan legislature would launch a pilot program studying the use of organic additives such as juice from sugar beets in order to better control ice on public roads. The legislation would not require the beet-juice solution to replace traditional road salt, but mix with it in order to create a sticky substance that more effectively adheres to the roads for a longer period of time. Supporters say this would also…

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Large County Coalition to Discuss Diversity in Local Procurement at #MACoCon

During their annual MACo Large County Coalition Winter Conference Luncheon, representatives from Maryland’s large counties will discuss best practices for increasing supplier diversity in local procurement. Simply put, supplier diversity aims to create an inclusive supply chain comprised of diverse vendors, such as women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses. The mission of the Large County Coalition is to promote collegiality and cooperation, share information, and develop strategic alliances among Maryland counties with populations greater than 200,000.…

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MACo’s Hiring: Research Associate Position Available

MACo is seeking a Research Associate. The full time (or possibly part time) contractual position will primarily work remotely, and will help coordinate county surveys, fiscal notes, summary information, and county appointments to policy-making bodies. The Research Associate manages the Association’s research efforts within and outside its membership, helping MACo and its member counties provide timely information to policymakers at the state and county level. Surveys of county officials, a dynamic website and news blog,…

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