Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Stars Are Lining Up to Take Our County From "Good to Great"!


Democratic Nominee for Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III, announced the Chair, Honorary Co-Chairs and Vice Chairs of his Transition Committee. The Committee is tasked with providing advice, counsel, and specific recommendations to the incoming County Executive in all key areas of government.

The Transition Committee will be chaired by Former Prince George’s County Executive, Wayne Curry. Prince George’s County native, Kenneth Johnson, will lead day-to-day operations as Executive Director.

"The Transition Committee will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Prince George's County government, while also recommending ways to increase responsiveness to the needs of citizens," stated Democratic Nominee for Prince George's County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III.

Mr. Baker has charged the committee to focus on the three directives of “More Effective and Efficient Service Delivery,” “Positive Economic Stimulation,” and “Increasing Government Collaborations.“ The Transition Committee will create issue-specific committee teams that will meet with every county department and conduct extensive research.

Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs:
Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland
Mickey L. Burnim, President, Bowie State University
Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College
Sideny A. Ribeau, President, Howard University
William R. Hite, Superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Parris Glendening, Former Maryland Governor
Winfield Kelly, Former Prince George’s County Executive
Craig Moe, Mayor, Laurel
Fred Robinson, Mayor, Bowie
Gail Carter, Mayor, Glenarden
Timothy Adams, President and CEO of Systems Application & Technologies, Inc. (SA-TECH)
David Hillman, CEO, Southern Management
B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr., President and CEO, Industrial Bank

Serving as Transition Committee Vice Chairs:
C. Anthony Muse, 26th District Senator
Paul G. Pinsky, 22nd District Senator
Justin Ross, 22nd District Delegate
Andrea Harrison, 5th District County Councilwoman
Orlan M. Johnson, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP
Artis Hampshire Cowan, Senior Vice President and Secretary, Howard University
Natali Del Carmen Fani, Advocacy and Communication Director, The Matea Group
Andy Pantelis, President, Prince George’s Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, IAFF Local #1619
Dean Jones, 1st Vice President, Prince George’s Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 89
Lesa Hoover, Vice President Government Relations, Apartment Office Building Association (AOBA)

Biography of Transition Committee Chairman, Wayne Curry:
Wayne Curry grew up Cheverly, MD graduating from Bladensburg High School in 1968. Curry earned his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Western Maryland College in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1980. Curry worked as a teacher prior to working in the administration of Prince George's County Executive Winfield Kelly from 1974 until 1978. In 1994, Curry became the first African American to be elected Prince George’s County Executive. He served two consecutive terms from 1994 to 2002. Curry is currently a Partner in The Murphy Firm.

Biography of Transition Committee Executive Director, Kenneth Johnson:
Kenneth W. Johnson is a native of Bradbury Heights, MD. He attended Prince George’s County Public Schools graduating from the Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Johnson began his legal career as a trial attorney representing public entities in southern California such as Los Angeles Unified School District, Southern California Rapid Transit District, and the County of Los Angeles. He is currently an Assistant General Counsel at Sodexo, Inc., an international food service and facilities management company.

Concerned Prince Georgians would like to thank all of these talented individuals  for taking their time and energies to assist our incoming County Executive Rushern Baker in his efforts toward leading our County from "Good to Great"!  Remember this is a "team effort" -- it will take ALL Concerned Prince Georgians for us to become a County that we can once again be truly proud of.

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