St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Steve Anderson Resigns as Economic and Community Development Director

Steven Anderson, director of the St Mary's County Department of Economic and Community Development, has given notice of his intention to resign his position effective Friday, August 30.

Over the past year, Mr. Anderson has worked with several organizations and community leaders to establish a broad economic advisory group, as well as initiating the development of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the County.

Commissioner President Jack Russell said "Mr. Anderson has jump-started several new initiatives that the County will continue to build upon in the future. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Robin Finnacom, Community Development Corporation CEO, has been appointed acting DECD director. In response to her appointment, Ms. Finnacom said "I'm excited to be able to carry on the important work being done in the department and I look forward to working with staff on a variety of economic and community development initiatives."

County Commissioners and Commission on Aging to Host Senior Forum

The St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners will address topics related to the senior community at a special forum on Friday, September 27, 2013. The Senior Forum, sponsored by the St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human Services, Commission on Aging, will allow seniors to hear directly from commissioners about their concerns.

Topics to be addressed at the forum include new initiatives of benefit to the senior community and what issues commissioners currently favor in support of the needs of seniors. Time will be allotted for a question and answer session following commissioner remarks. This should prove to be a wonderful opportunity for seniors to come out and voice their issues and concerns or to ask questions of the members of the Board of County Commissioners.

The forum begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, located at 44219 Airport Road in California.

To reserve a seat contact the Department of Aging and Human Services at 301-475-4200, extension 1050.

Commissioners' Public Forum Returning to Charlotte Hall

Northern Senior Center to hold forum for second time in 2013

The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County will again host a public forum in the north county. September's forum will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The center is located at 29655 Charlotte Hall Road in Charlotte Hall. Citizens are invited to attend the forum and address the members of the Board of County Commissioners. This marks the second time this year commissioners have held their monthly public forum at the center. The last one held there was back on February 5.

The Public Forum will be videotaped for subsequent broadcast on St. Mary's County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95). The forum can also be available for online viewing on the county's website at Simply click on Videos.

Anyone wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address Commissioners. Those wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail.

The Board of County Commissioners can be reached by e-mail at or by mail at Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

Human Relations Commission to Hold its Annual Breakfast October 26

The St. Mary's County Human Relations Commission (HRC) will hold its annual Breakfast on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center at 10:00 a.m. This year's guest speaker will be Chris Harney, Men's Head Basketball Coach at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Established in 1963 the HRC seeks to promote understanding and harmony of relationships between the people of the county. It also uses its influence and persuasion to direct the community's efforts toward solving problems caused by racial and other tensions stemming from acts of discrimination within the county. The Commission continually sponsors and/or co-sponsors events and programs to heighten cultural awareness in the community. The HRC was instrumental in the establishment of the St. Mary's County Community Mediation Program. In the past, the Commission has held workshops, conducted meetings with county officials and met with other organizations within the county to discuss items of mutual concern.

This year's theme is "A Celebration of Service." The Human Relations Commission is requesting non-profits/agencies that enhance diversity, serve the community, and/or promote the enhancement of the quality of life in St. Mary's County to select a volunteer within their organization to be recognized at the breakfast for their dedication to making St. Mary's a better place to live. The deadline for submission is October 4. Submissions can be mailed to the St. Mary's County Department of Aging and Human Services, Division of Human Services, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650, via fax to 301-475-8485 or e-mailed to If you have any questions please contact Kelsey Bush, Commission Liaison, St. Mary's County Department of Aging and Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. 1849.

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