New Windsor mayor elected to Md. Municipal League post Gullo previously chaired group's legislative arm

July 03, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The mayor of New Windsor now holds a statewide office.

Jack A. Gullo Jr. was elected first vice president of the Maryland Municipal League on Wednesday, defeating Mount Airy Mayor Gerald Johnson by 21 votes.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening swore Gullo into the office at noon Wednesday, the last day of the league's annual convention in Ocean City. The newly elected board went to work immediately, holding its first meeting that afternoon.

"Winning is a tremendous honor," Gullo said. "It is a tremendous feeling to see the confidence municipalities across the state have in my ability to work for them."

The nonpartisan league, established in 1936, promotes municipal issues and works with its 155 members to strengthen local government.

Gullo, 29, is serving his second term as mayor of the town of 1,100 and has been active in the league for several years. He was twice appointed chairman of the legislative committee, which drafts the league's priorities in the General Assembly. He was elected president of the league's mayors association last year and led the Carroll chapter in 1995.

"I have done enough on the local level and in committees to understand the statewide issues," he said. "I will use my experience for the benefit of the league."

The vice president serves one year and traditionally runs unopposed for president the next year. Gullo could become the fourth Carroll County resident and the youngest to serve as league president.

The departing president is James McCarron of Taneytown. Neal Powell of Taneytown and Edward Williar of Union Bridge also led the league during their political careers.

"This just shows people that Carroll County can bring the state spotlight back home," he said.

Gullo will be meeting frequently with Andrew C. Hanko, league president and New Carrollton mayor, who succeeded McCarron.

"I will fill in for the president, oversee what he delegates to me and advise him on committee appointments," Gullo said. "Andy and I have worked well together on several committees."

Gullo will visit chapters across the state, "getting to know members and their problems and issues."

His new job could prove beneficial to his hometown and Carroll County, he said.

"The more you know about government and the more people you know across the state, the less loudly you have to scream when you need help," he said.

Pub Date: 7/03/98

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