St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Registration Now Open for Quarterly Responsible Alcohol Service Training Course

Restaurant managers, owners, sellers or servers interested in learning responsible alcohol policies can register for the quarterly Responsible Alcohol Service Training (or R.A.S.T.) course.

R.A.S.T. allows participants to review issues identified by enforcement agencies as well as to meet and network with peers and county and state officials. The training, held quarterly, is now accepting applicants for its next session, scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The training will take place in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building on the Governmental Center campus, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown.

R.A.S.T. does not fulfill the state mandated alcohol awareness training certification requirement.

The training is free, space is limited and an RSVP is required to attend.

For more information call 301-475-7844 ext. 1600 or email Tammy Hildebrand at or see the flyer on the following page.

St. Mary's County Elected Officials and Staff to Discuss Public Safety in the Modern Age at MACo Winter Conference

Commissioner O'Connor slated to moderate panel; PIO Jones to speak on relations with media

Each year, county elected officials, Senators, Delegates, and other representatives of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City gather in Dorchester County, Maryland for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter Conference.

This year's conference will take place December 9-11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland. The theme of the conference is "Mission: Public Safety," focusing on policing in the modern age and how new technology can enhance communications, coordinated response, and public relations during routine emergencies and regional catastrophes.

County Commissioner John O'Connor (3rd District) will moderate a panel on "The ABCs of EOCs: County Roles During an Emergency." Public Information Officer Tony Jones will be a speaker on a panel entitled "Mastering the Media in Crisis and Calm." Also attending the meeting is Commissioner President Rand Guy who is a member of MACo's Legislative Committee. In addition Commissioners Tom Jarboe (District 1) and Mike Hewitt (District 2) will attend the conference. County staff members expected to attend includes County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, Economic Development Director Chris Kaselemis, Emergency Services and Technology Director Bob Kelly and County Attorney George Sparling.

"The MACo conference affords all of us in county government an opportunity to come together and learn best practices which will greatly benefit the citizens of St. Mary's County," said Commissioner President Randy Guy. "I am especially proud of the prominent role our county will play at the conference with Commissioner O'Connor and Mr. Jones' participation."

More than 20 educational break-out sessions, general sessions, meetings, and briefings will afford attendees the opportunity to learn about issues faced by different departments of county government. Sessions will cover topics such as police body cameras, tools and technology for policing, media techniques, emergency preparedness, business development, justice reinvestment and much more.

Panelists at the three-day conference will discuss best practices and case studies in these topics and others. Heavy focus will be placed on the importance of county government services and collaboration across all levels of government.

The goal of the conference is to provide county decision-makers and other participants with tools for more effective leadership and a clearer perspective on the issues that will be addressed during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly Session. The ultimate result of attendance is more effective and efficient county government.

Governor Larry Hogan has accepted MACo's invitation to attend and address MACo's leadership and conference attendees with thoughts about the upcoming Maryland General Assembly Session.

Commissioners Congratulate Citizens Academy Graduates

After visiting various county departments and facilities for seven weeks 23 St. Mary's County residents were awarded certificates for completing the 2015 St. Mary's County Government Citizens Academy.

Academy members received their certificates during a graduation ceremony and reception hosted by the commissioners. Participants gained an overview of county government operations and services. The free course is open to all county residents, 18 years of age and older.

During its business meeting Commissioner President Randy Guy encouraged the graduates to take the next step in their involvement with county government. "Now that you've completed the Citizens Academy you are qualified to join one of our commissions. We need more active and involved citizens to join our committees because we can't do it all."

The College of Southern Maryland also offered continuing education credits for those who missed no more than one session.

The following persons received certificates for completing the 2015 Citizens Academy:

Patricia Armstrong, John Bergin, Christine Bergmark, Jacinta Bottoms-Spencer, Danny Davis, Justin Fiore, Margaret Forrest, Linda Fry, Judy Hayden, Richard Hayden, Chris Hernandez, Jennifer Huntington, Jeanette Kaufmann, Julie Khalil, Harry Lancaster, Geneva Leon, Roderick Lewis, David Martoni, Tammy Ogle, Joy Potter, Ann Rose, and Beth Roth Anna Yates.

The St. Mary's County Citizens Academy is usually offered in September and October. Citizens interested in attending the 2016 Academy will be able to apply beginning in July 2016 at

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