Category: County Executive

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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County Releases Balancing Act Tool to Gather Budget Input

The county’s Office of Management and Budget has released “Balancing Act,” a new online tool designed to gather additional public input in the FY20 budget process now underway. The tool is an interactive simulation of the county’s estimated income sources and expenditures for FY20. Examples of incoming revenue include income, property and other taxes, state and federal aid contributions, and other sources. The estimated expenditures are listed in categories including the school system, “Thriving Youth and Families,” “A Growing Economy,” “A Greener County” and other themes developed by the county executive’s office. Balancing Act users can add or subtract...

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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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Elrich Names Department Heads; Navarro Elected Council President

County Executive Marc Elrich has nominated three people to serve in his administration and will keep eight department heads from the Leggett administration, according to announcements from his office. As expected, Indian Spring resident Andrew Kleine, former Baltimore budget director, has been nominated to serve as chief administrative officer. The CAO supervises the county’s departments and oversees day-to-day operations of the government. “I am honored to be Marc’s nominee for Chief Administrative Officer,” said Kleine said in a press release. “I have been a resident of Montgomery County for half of my life, and I’m excited to get to...

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Elrich Transition Underway, Focus is on Outcomes, Personnel

The transition to County Executive-elect Marc Elrich’s administration is well underway, as his team focuses on seven broad “priority outcomes” and potential candidates for government positions. While Elrich has announced that Andrew Kleine, his transition team chair, will serve as chief administrative officer, other positions are still in flux—except for one area. “I feel pretty good about the people that we have at the regional services level,” Elrich said. “They’re staying,” including Silver Spring Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez. In the meantime, Elrich said, “I hope to have a group of people to present to the council for interviews on...

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