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Newly Elected Officials to be Sworn In at Oath of Office Ceremony

St. Mary's County citizens are invited to attend the quadrennial Oath of Office Ceremony for St. Mary's County elected officials on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. This year's event will be held inside the Chopticon High School auditorium, 25390 Colton Point Road, Morganza, MD.

The following elected officials will be sworn at the ceremony: Joanie W. Williams, Clerk of the Circuit Court; Albert R. Babcock, Judge of the Orphans' Court; Michael R. White, Judge of the Orphans' Court; Dalton Wood, Jr., Judge of the Orphans' Court; Lois A. Duke, Register of Wills; Karin Bailey, Board of Education; Rita Weaver, Board of Education; Timothy K. Cameron, Sheriff; James Randy Guy, President, Commissioners of St. Mary's County, Michael L. Hewitt, County Commissioner; Tom Jarboe, County Commissioner, Todd B. Morgan, County Commissioner and John E. O'Connor, County Commissioner.

Christine L. Kelly, Treasurer, and Richard D. Fritz, State's Attorney, will be recognized during the ceremony and will take their Oaths of Office in January 2015.

Musicians from Chopticon High School will perform at this year's ceremony and the Chopticon High School Air Force Jr. R.O.T.C. will present the Colors. Leonardtown Commissioner Hayden Hammett will perform the National Anthem and NAS Patuxent River Commanding Officer CAPT Heidi Fleming will lead the audience in a rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Oath of Office Ceremony will air live on St. Mary's County Government TV 95 and be taped for rebroadcast. Check the SMCG TV 95 webpage at for the exact date and time.

Citizens wishing to RSVP for the ceremony can do so at no later than Monday, November 24.

Family Violence Coordinating Council Cancels Meetings

The Family Violence Coordinating Council meetings, scheduled for Wednesday, November 26 and Wednesday, December 24 at 5:00 p.m., have been canceled.

The council's next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in room 14 inside the Potomac Building.

For more information, call 301-475-4200, extension 1680.

Commissioners Honor First Citizens Academy Graduates

With an abundance of pride the Commissioners of St. Mary's County presented certificates of completion to graduates of the county's first St. Mary's County Government Citizens Academy class.

The free seven week Academy provided an overview of County programs and services offered.

Classes were held Tuesday evenings and rotated among various county government sites.

Participants gained a better understanding of County government operations while receiving first hand explanations from department directors and staff.

26 county citizens were enrolled in the Academy which took place in September and October.

"The Citizens Academy turned out to be popular beyond our initial expectations," said Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, County Administrator. "We've received lots of positive feedback from both the participants and county staff. We're looking forward to offering the Academy again in 2015."

The Citizens Academy is tailored on a program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) which encourages counties to provide citizens with a behind the scenes look at county government operations.

Health Department Reissuing Proposal for Community First Choice Nurse Monitoring Services

The St. Mary’s County Health Department is reissuing a proposal from agencies to provide Registered Nurse (RN) Nurse Monitoring services for clients in the Community First Choice program who are served in the St. Mary’s County area. For more information about the Community First Choice Nurse Monitoring request for proposals, please visit the health department’s website at

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