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Mayor

•      Elected Mayor March 2002

•      Elected President Maryland Municipal League 2009-2010

•      Served on National League of Cities, Public Safety Committee, 6 Years

•      Co-Chair, Laurel Strategic Planning Work Group

•      Member, Maryland Municipal League Board of Directors, 6 Years

•      Created Emergency Services position

•      Established Emergency Operations Center to bring City Departments, County, and State Officials together.

•      Created Citywide Risk Manager position

•      Led effort to keep Laurel Regional Hospital Open with other elected officials and community

•      Created the City Department of Communications

•      Improved Laurel Cable programming

•      Established first Dog Park

•      Increased pedestrian safety throughout the City, especially in high traffic areas

•      Created bike lanes on City streets and the City’s first Bikeway Master Plan

•      Added second public swimming pool

•      Added second Community Center

•      Established a Maintenance Facility for the Department of Parks and Recreation

•      Re-design of City Website

•      Created Youth Services Commission

•      Funded Grant Program for Laurel non-profit organizations serving Laurel’s youth

•      Started Laurel Helping Hands Program

•      Funded and established a Rising Water Monitor on the Patuxent River

•      City’s first Mobile App “MyLaurel”

•      Municipal Center safety enhancements for employees and public

•      City took over Youth Services Bureau from Prince George’s County

•      Created Mayor’s Annual Open House, City Hall in the Park, My Time with the Mayor, and Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program

•      Created first Laurel Arts Council

•      Negotiated reuse of the Laurel Mall site, to transition the site into the functional Towne Centre at Laurel

•      Created Grants Program to attract new business to Laurel’s Historic Main Street and to assist new and existing businesses with property improvements and business signage.

•      Created Overlay Program to encourage redevelopment of older properties

•      Improved housing stock

•      Increased Police staffing

•      Added Police Body Cameras Program for Patrol Officers

•      Introduced first collective bargaining agreement between City & Laurel FOP, Lodge 11

•      Reorganized the Department of Community Planning and Business Services into two departments: Fire Marshal and Permits, Economic Development

•      Established First City Fire Marshall

Laurel City Council

  • Served six two-year terms
  • Council President 1996 – 1998
  • Council Representative – Laurel Planning Commission
  • Council Representative – Laurel Cable Arbitration Board
  • Member, City Council Budget Committee
  • Chair – Public Works Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Member, Maryland Municipal League Board of Directors, 4 Years
  • Member, MML Legislative Committee
  • Member, MML Convention Planning Committee, 2002
  • Chair, MML Convention Planning Committee

Legislative Initiatives & Achievements

  • Established Juvenile Curfew Legislation while protecting the rights of citizens.
  • Development of Historic District Guidelines
  • City’s first Affordable Housing Program
  • Revised City election laws
  • Approved Tax Credit Application for several businesses on Main Street
  • Property tax has remained the same the past 9 years, FY2009-FY2017
  • First legislation on City’s Ethics Law, as well as updated Ethics Laws for elected and appointed officials and City employees
  • Tax Credit for foreclosed homes: provided for tax credit for the purchase of foreclosed homes by those who occupy such homes as their primary residence
  • Unified Land Development Code
  • City’s first Landscape Manual
  • Main Street Business Relocation Grant Program
  • Main Street Retail Storefront Façade Improvement Program
  • Economic Development Commercial Corridor Program
  • Established first Risk Management Officer
  • Funding for 12 new positions in the police department
  • Creating the Quad-County Coordinating Council with surrounding Counties
  • Approved 5-year agreement with Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
  • City’s first Arts and Entertainment District
  • Created the Community Redevelopment Authority, membership, administration, and duties
  • Legislation that authorized “Brewery Pub” and Brewery Craft in certain zones in the City.
  • Lowered City property tax
Other
  • Appointed by Governor – Statewide Interoperability Radio Control Board
  • Member, first City of Laurel Fourth of July Committee
  • Co-Chair Laurel Strategic Work Group, Laurel Regional Hospital
  • MML Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member, first Holiday Celebration Parade Committee Member, Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council/State Emergency Response Team
  • Former member Northern Chapter of the American Heart Association
  • MML President’s Merit Award, dedicated to Municipal Government, 2002
  • Laurel Vol. Fire Department since 1976
  • Montgomery County Career Firefighter 1980-1986
  • Past President Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
  • Harrison-Beard Award recipient
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame, PGCVF&RA
  • MSFA Executive Committee for 8 years and Chairman for 2 years