County Executive Robert R. Neall has been elected chairman of the newly formed Baltimore Metropolitan Council, an agency created in the last legislative session to replace the Regional Council of Governments and spawn regional cooperation.
Neall was elected Monday night at a meeting of elected officials from jurisdictions that will provide financial support for the group: Baltimore City and Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Harford and Carroll counties.
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was elected vice chairman.
Louise Hayman, Neall's press spokeswoman, said the chairmanship is expected to rotate each year among the council's leadership.
The group is still waiting to decide on a new executive director, she said.
Dennis H. Parkinson, Neall's chief administrative officer, said the executives believed the old council, created in 1963 as the Regional Planning Council, was unresponsive. They also believe it fell short in its efforts to save money and find solutions to such regional issues as recycling, shrinking landfill space, privatization and joint purchase agreements.
A series of bills backed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer in the General Assembly abolished the old agency June 30 and replaced it with the new council.
The new group is operated by the same jurisdictions, but will be ruled by a governing board consisting of one official appointed by executives from each jurisdiction, rather than three representatives from each.