Category: County Council

Jawando, Council Urge Public Involvement in Search for New Chief

Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) has sent a letter to County Executive Marc Elrich asking him to seek community involvement in the search for a new police chief. The letter, co-signed by the other eight councilmembers, suggests that, “An open and inclusive search for a new police chief is an important first step as we usher in a new era here in Montgomery County.” Chief Thomas Manger recently announced that he would retire in April after 15 years serving as the head of the county police department. “Choosing a new police chief will set the tone and culture for...

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Council Bans Smoking in Some Outdoor Seating Areas

The County Council has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw smoking in some outdoor seating areas where food is served. Bill 35-18, Health and Sanitation – Smoking- Outdoor Serving Areas, and a companion county Board of Health regulation, will prohibit smoking in areas such as patios, decks or porches in order to help protect people from the effects of smoking on health. Lead sponsor and current Council Vice President Sidney Katz originally introduced the bill in October, 2018, with Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Craig Rice and then-Councilmember Marc Elrich as cosponsors. “Prohibiting smoking in outdoor seating areas provides for...

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Residents, Advocates Attend Town Hall on Proposed Metro Improvements

About 100 residents, transit advocates and others attended a town hall in Silver Spring last night to hear about proposed budget and service changes for the Metro system from representatives of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The meeting was organized by the County Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, chaired by Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who noted it was the first T&E Committee meeting held in Silver Spring. Hucker emphasized the need to end the “turnback” of Metro cars at Silver Spring to provide a better level of service to the Forest Glen station and beyond to Glenmont....

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County Personnel Moves This Week as Administration Transition Continues

Several high-level personnel moves took place in the county this week as the transition to County Executive Marc Elrich’s administration continues. First, Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced that he would retire in April after 15 years of service in Montgomery County and 42 years as a police officer. “Chief Manger has set the bar high for police leadership, outstanding service both locally and nationally, and leaves the department and county better and safer than when he arrived,” Elrich said in a press release. “While other departments were shying away from body-worn cameras, he proposed requiring them for all...

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Resource Fair Set Tomorrow for Those Affected by Shutdown

Furloughed government workers, contractors and others affected by the government shutdown can learn about assistance available to them during a resource fair tomorrow (Jan. 26). Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) convened and will co-sponsor the fair, along with Our Voices Matter. The event will be hosted by Reid Temple AME Church at 12101 Tech Rd. from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. “County government, our nonprofit providers, utility providers and local businesses have stepped up to help residents affected by the government shutdown obtain the vital services they need,” said Jawando in a press release. “Leadership in Washington has become disconnected from...

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