Press Release, St. Mary’s County Government
Leonardtown, MD – As Maryland prepares for the 2019 legislative session, over 600 leaders from all levels of the state’s public and private sectors prepare to discuss what’s next for counties at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter Conference on January 2-4, 2019, in Cambridge, MD.
Sessions will address county priorities like the opioid epidemic, school facility funding and Next Generation 9-1-1 implementation. The theme of the conference, “Charting the Course,” encourages attendees to discuss local government policies and practices and what lies ahead for county government. Participants will focus on challenges and best practices in Maryland county services; building relationships with newly elected officials at the county, state, and legislative levels and strategic planning for the coming years.
Every four years, following Maryland’s local elections, MACo holds a unique orientation to provide vital education for newly elected county officials. The Newly Elected Officials Orientation will provide a foundation of governance best practices, focusing on local government budgeting and structure, legislative process, and mentoring between veteran and new officials.
Attendees will learn how to enhance their leadership in local government with the nearly 30 educational break-out sessions, general sessions, meetings, and briefings taking place at this 3-day event. Sessions will provide a foundational understanding of county government and the deep policy issues of the moment.
Commissioner President Randy Guy, a member of MACo’s Legislative Committee, will moderate a panel on Legislation, Litigation and Legitimacy: Key Legal Issues for the 2019 Session. Commissioners Eric Colvin (1st District), Michael L. Hewitt (2nd District), John E. O’Connor (3rd District) Todd B. Morgan (4th District) will not be attending the conference. County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett and Communications Director Tony Jones will also attend.
“As we get down to the business of serving the people of St. Mary’s County, the MACo Winter Conference will provide a number of opportunities to learn from our colleagues from around the State,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “The conference always allows us some great best practices which can be of benefit to the citizens of St. Mary’s County.”