(Bel Air, MD – January 22, 2009) – – Harford County Executive David R. Craig was installed as First Vice President of the Maryland Association of Counties by Governor Martin O’Malley at Maryland Association of Counties Winter Conference in Cambridge, Maryland on January 8, 2009. Other officers of the organization also inducted by the Governor include the MACo President Wilson Parran – Calvert County Commissioner, MACo Second Vice President Wayne Cooper – Charles County Commissioner, MACo Secretary Robert Hutcheson – Allegany County Commissioner, and MACo Treasurer Cathy Vitale – Anne Arundel County Council Chair.
As MACo First Vice President Mr. Craig’s main responsibility will be to chair the Legislative Committee which reviews bills that are introduced in the State Senate and House of Delegates. Members of the MACo Legislative Committee include representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. They meet regularly throughout the Maryland General Assembly Session to take positions and advocate either for or against bills that are of particular interest to county governments.
“Having served formerly in both the State Senate and the House of Delegates I feel I will be able to provide some perspective and experience to the Legislative Committee, especially as we take up issues in this era of projected revenue decreases which is in opposition to increased citizen requests for infrastructure and programs,” said Craig. “MACo’s interaction with members of the Senate and House and the Governor’s office is more crucial than ever.”