Category: County Council

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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Zoning Change Would Allow More Flexibility for Accessory Dwelling Units

Property owners in the county would have greater flexibility to add accessory dwelling units under a proposal introduced last week by Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large). Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-01 – Accessory Residential Units – Accessory Apartments, is intended to remove current barriers preventing homeowners from building these units. An ADU is a separate dwelling unit that is on the same lot as a single dwelling unit with its own entrance, full kitchen, and bathroom. The ADU tenant does not have access to the rest of the home. Examples cited in a fact sheet distributed by Riemer’s office...

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Jawando Introduces Bill to Change Police Shooting Investigations

Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) has introduced a bill that would change how investigations are conducted when a county police officer is involved in the death of an individual. Bill 1-19, Police Officer Involved Death—Independent Investigation, also known as the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency Act, would require the county to engage at least two experienced investigators from an independent law enforcement entity to handle any investigation of the case. “Directing an independent review of police actions, when an officer is involved in the death of a resident, will protect both the integrity of the inquiry and the civil...

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Councilmember Hucker Organizing Potluck Dinner for Furloughed Workers

Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) is organizing a free community potluck dinner for furloughed government employees and contractors affected by the government shutdown. The “Shutdown Social” will be held Friday, Jan. 11 in the Montgomery Blair High School cafeteria at 51 University Blvd. E. A number of local restaurants are donating food and drinks for the dinner, including All Set Restaurant & Bar, El Golfo, Fire Station One, Ghar-e-Kabab, Kin Da, Manna Food Center, McGinty’s Pub, Middle Eastern Cuisine, Pacci’s Pizza, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op. In addition, local musician Joe Uehlein of the U-Liners...

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