The Prince George County Council on Tuesday elected new leaders who emphasized the need to work with county executive Angela D. Alsobrooks on a wide range of policy goals, including improving schools, the system health and public transport. Council member, Todd M. Turner (D-District 4), who was unanimously elected president, said he would focus on compromise in his new role, both with D & D Other members and with the administration of Alsobrooks. One of the first responsibilities of the board – which has expanded this year to two extraordinary members – is to confirm the people appointed by Alsobrooks, including a regulator who has been criticized. "We will do our duty of care," said Turner. "We expect that we have a lot to do." Alsobrooks (D), who was sworn in on Monday with council members, sat in the front row of their meeting and told them that she wanted a "productive and respectful" meeting. Turner was one of the honorary co-chairs of his transition team, and the county executive also brought gifts to each of the 11 legislators – clocks with an African proverb: "If you want go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
Prince George County Director Angela Alsobrooks delivers her inaugural address after being sworn in on Monday. (Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post)[[[[Alsobrooks sworn in the county leadership, promising to unite Prince George]Council members announced that they would carefully review the Melinda Bolling file, which Alsobrooks had appointed to the head of the Department of Permits and Inspections. Bolling is the subject of a lawsuit for denunciation focused on his leadership of the Department of Consumer Affairs and Regulatory Affairs of the SDC. It has been criticized by district defenders and legislators for failing to improve the agency, which has long been the subject of complaints about lack of transparency and poor customer service, among other issues . Alsobrooks called Bolling an ethical and innovative leader who has been thoroughly examined. Outgoing County Council Chair Dannielle M. Glaros (D-District 3) said that the list of people named by Alsobrooks had more newcomers to Prince George than those she had seen in previous administrations. . county. "It also means that we will look closely at all these names," Glaros said. "There is a natural impulse and supposed to happen." Glaros said the council had made several notable achievements over the past year, including a record investment in non-profit organizations, a rewrite of laws County zoning and a housing report focused on building sustainable communities related to economic development. In his speech, Turner likened the board of 11 people to a professional football team made up of a mix of veterans, rookies and free agents. He made the spectators laugh by explaining that they would be different from the Washington Redskins, whose national stadium is located in Prince George & s 39; s and who bowed to the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, 28-13. Rodney Streeter (D-District 7), a freshman council member, longtime advisor to Andrea C. Harrison (D-District 5), a former board member, was elected vice-president at the 39 ; unanimously. He is one of six new fully democratic board members, with Thomas E. Dernoga (District 1), who had served on the board from 2002 to 2010; Jolene Ivey (District 5), former state delegate and candidate for the position of lieutenant governor who, as legislator, chaired the Prince George delegation in Annapolis; Monique Anderson-Walker (District 8), real estate agent and community activist; Sydney Harrison (District 9), former Clerk of the Circuit Court; and Calvin Hawkins (D-At Large), longtime county leader, Rushern L. Baker III (D) and Wayne K. Curry (D). Mel Franklin, who represented District 9 for two terms, sits in the other seat. Four incumbents who were re-elected: Davis, Deni Taveras (District 2), Dannielle M. Glaros (District 3) and Todd M. Turner (District 4) – The many council members meeting at Upper Marlboro, former Council members, gave the board and Alsobrooks multiple standing ovations. Turner promised in the remarks that follow his speech to take his new "responsibility and his role seriously". "My goal is to be a bridge builder," he said. "Service, community, progress, that's the plan." One of the topics in Alsobrooks 'and council members' remarks was the need to place the interests of residents above the politics of the community. "Give them the strength and wisdom to carry out the will of the people," said Howard Stone, a long-time council employee, in his invocation, as council members held hands and tilted the head.