Harkins sworn in as president of Md. Association of Counties

December 14, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

County Executive James M. Harkins was named president of the Maryland Association of Counties at its winter conference last week.

Harkins, in his second term as Harford executive, was sworn in Thursday evening and will serve a one-year term as head of the organization. He was first vice president this past year.

"It's certainly a challenging time to be president," Harkins said, noting that with the state's continued financial woes, counties have been told to expect more cuts in funding in the next fiscal year. He said one of his primary challenges would be helping counties work with the state to minimize the impact.

He said as many as half of the state's jurisdictions might, like Harford, be planning to seek enabling legislation to create a revenue source for school construction. Counties also must "lobby to keep education the priority that it is," he said.

The conference met last week on Solomons Island. Harkins replaces Marilyn J. Praisner, a Montgomery County Council member.

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