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New faces chosen by Baker to lead county offices

Baker1SEABROOK – Visitors to the County Administration Building may see some new faces after a string of appointments.

County Executive Rushern Baker, III announced his picks for fire chief, acting budget director and county attorney this month. The county has also begun its search for qualified professionals to fill the Board of License Commissioners, commonly known as the liquor board, after state legislation reforming and professionalizing the board passed this General Assembly session.

The power to appoint members to the five-person board now rests with the county executive, instead of the governor, and face additional requirements for the post. Applicants must be a Prince George's County resident and registered voter and have experience in the field of law, public safety, regulatory oversight or management.

Assuming they are confirmed by the Prince George’s County Senate Delegation, appointees will serve a maximum of three, three-year terms.

Those interested in a position on the board have until June 26 to submit their cover letter and resume.

Elsewhere, Baker has been busy filling a slew of vacancies. On June 2, Baker announced his selection of Stanley Earley as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), effective June 5.

“I am excited that Stanley, a seasoned professional, is joining our team. He brings an extensive history of financial management and strong knowledge of the County’s financial systems, which position him well to lead the Office of Management and Budget,” Baker said. “I look forward to working with him as my administration continues to build on the financial foundation we have built over the last six years.”

Earley was a previous director of OMB and deputy chief administrative officer for budget, finance and administration during his first stint in Prince George's County, from 1996-2003. After that, he went to Dayton, Ohio, to serve as assistant city manager, eventually becoming chief financial officer there. His work earned him the “Chief Financial Officer of the Year” nod from the Dayton Business Journal in 2012.

Earley returned to the DMV in 2016 to take on the role of Chief Budget Officer for Howard University in the District.

Earley takes over for Terri Bacote-Charles, who retired.

Baker also announced his choice for county attorney, Jared McCarthy, an Upper Marlboro resident and the acting county attorney after former county attorney M. Andree Green was appointed planning director for the county. McCarthy’s nomination required county council approval, which was granted in a 9-0 vote at the council’s June 6 meeting.

McCarthy said he views the job of county attorney as an “exciting adventure.”

“I stand here extremely humbled and honored,” he said. “It’s one of those roles that I think all attorneys strive for, it's something we all hope to achieve, and I’m honored that I will have opportunity here to lead what I believe is one of the most active and one of the best public legal offices in the state of Maryland.”

McCarthy received his juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2001 and has been an attorney in Prince George’s for 10 years. He has also served as associate general counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Baker said it can be difficult to find qualified and dedicated people to fill at-will posts during the final portion of his term, but he was happy McCarthy was willing to step in.

“We got somebody who has years of experience in the county, who has served this administration quite well, who has gained the confidence not only of me but everyone on the fifth floor, and I believe those in the council,” Baker said. “I have all the confidence in the world that he's going to continue his great work, he’s going to elevate that office.”

McCarthy said he would focus on making sure his office represents both the executive and legislative branches, and will put an emphasis on communicating with the council.

“We will communicate regularly, you will see me regularly,” he said. “I just think it’s important in these last 18 months that we move the ball forward so that when the transition does occur, we're all proud of what we've achieved.”

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