Arundel officer elected president of county police union...

Arundel Digest

October 24, 2001

Arundel officer elected president of county police union

Anne Arundel police Officer O'Brien Atkinson was elected president of the county's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 yesterday, beating challenger Detective Ricardo W. Hawkins.

Atkinson, who works in the Southern District, will serve two years as head of the union, which represents the county's nearly 600 police officers. He replaces Paul Ingley, a retired county police officer who stepped down from the president's post last month to move to Germany with his wife.

Hawkins, formerly the lodge's vice president, was acting president of the union until yesterday's midterm election.

Moyer says she'll create office of security if elected

Annapolis Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, the Democratic candidate for mayor, announced yesterday that if elected she plans to establish an office of Annapolis security modeled after the national Homeland Security Office created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Ronald F. Marryott, a retired rear admiral, former superintendent of the Naval Academy and former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has agreed to serve as security counsel.

Moyer said the security office would work with local law enforcement agencies and other governments to coordinate readiness and response to any terrorist attack or emergency in Annapolis.

Council postpones vote on academy sewer rates

The Annapolis city council has delayed its vote on a proposed rate increase for sewer service for the Naval Academy and instructed the city administration to try for a better deal.

The agreement that was before the council Monday night called for a rate increase for the federal government of about 65 percent, from the current $1.57 to $2.59 per thousand gallons. A council resolution in the spring called on the administration to negotiate a rate of no less than $3.29 per thousand gallons, the rate paid by other high-use customers in the city since a rate increase in March last year.

The motion to postpone the vote on the rate increase, made by Alderman Louise Hammond, suggested allowing the federal government to phase in the rate increase in hopes of getting a higher rate. Mayor Dean L. Johnson said yesterday that he would negotiate further with the Navy and bring another deal before the council soon.

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