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April 28, 1995
The Howard County Charter Review Commission has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 11 at Lisbon Volunteer Fire Hall, 1330 Route 94.The commission invites testimony from residents of Howard County on all aspects of the county charter.The commission will deliberate and prepare its report recommending charter amendments over the next 12 months.People and organizations are encouraged to provide a written copy of their testimony. Copies of the county charter are available at Howard County libraries and the Howard County Council office.
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June 14, 2014
I would like to personally thank The Sun's editorial board for providing the questionnaire responses of candidates for the primary election. I particularly would like to reference those provided by Tony Campbell, a Republican running for Baltimore County executive. Mr. Campbell has acknowledged growing up in western Pennsylvania and graduating from Blackhawk High School and the University of Pittsburgh. His roots are as a Pennsylvania Democrat. I found his answer regarding the creation of additional council districts to be ambiguous.
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November 12, 1997
The Carroll County Charter Board has canceled its meeting tomorrow. Several expected absences would probably mean a lack of a quorum.The nine-member board will resume its weekly meeting schedule at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Room A125 at Carroll Community College in Westminster. A discussion of the board of appeals is on the agenda.Information: 410-848-8846.Pub Date: 11/12/97
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Letter to The Aegis | May 27, 2014
The following was addressed to the Harford County Council. A copy was provided for publication. I am against the proposed bill to amend the County Charter to remove the responsibility of the Council in its role as the Board of Appeals in Zoning matters. I have read the bill and the remarks from other concerned citizens, such as Friends of Harford.  I can see disaster for citizens if the council abrogates its responsibilities in zoning matters. Put yourselves in the position of the citizen who could see his zoning case come before a Maryland Circuit Court for a local decision!
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2011
Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver has told state officials he plans to resign from his job at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development after revelations that the position apparently violates a county charter rule prohibiting council members from working for the state. Oliver put in two weeks' notice on Monday, said Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman for the state agency. He has worked as a finance specialist there since February. He told leaders at the agency that his official resignation letter "would be forthcoming," she said.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1996
Howard County voters yesterday approved nine changes to their county charter -- or constitution -- including two measures that critics contend will weaken ethics standards for county officials.Voters also rejected four proposed changes. But county officials said those proposals essentially were bureaucratic housecleaning. One failed change, for example, would have changed the term "Appeal Boards" to "Board of Appeals."Several of the measures that passed are significant, particularly to those who fought for their defeat.
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By Sharon Hornberger | August 2, 1992
The Carroll County Charter Board is hard at work . . . meeting regularly . . . holding public hearings and making changes to the draft, as changes have been deemed necessary.Everywhere you go in Carroll County, the question is the same. What do you think of the charter?The question is asked at business meetings, social gatherings, barber shops, eateries and family picnics.Now is the time to talk about this change to our county's form of government. Now is the time to ask questions and make suggestions, to let your thoughts and feelings be known.
NEWS
By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | March 8, 1992
Is County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann's ongoing shuffle at the Department of Public Works in violation of the Harford County charter?Councilwoman Joanne S. Parrott, a Republican from District B, thinksso.But Rehrmann and Larry Klimovitz, director of administration, disagree with Parrott's interpretation of the charter.Parrott brought up the issue at a County Council meeting Tuesday, stating her concern that two deputy director positions had been abolished and other departmental changes were being made without the council's knowledge.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1997
The Carroll County Charter Board is nearly finished writing the document that could change Carroll's government from three commissioners to an executive and council.The nine-member board put the document through a final edit Thursday and wrote a clause that would provide for a transition government if the voters approved charter in a special election or at the general election Nov. 3.One issue remains. With two members absent from a meeting Oct. 16, the board voted 4-1, with two abstentions, that any property tax increase enacted under the charter would need the support of at least four of the five county council members.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2011
Anne Arundel County's public safety unions filed a lawsuit against the county Friday, in response to a law altering binding arbitration in collective-bargaining disputes. The legislation was drafted by County Executive John R. Leopold and approved by the County Council last month. It gives the council the final say in labor disputes. The council voted unanimously to approve the bill, but several members said they voted for the bill only with the addition of two key amendments, which Leopold vetoed and signed the bill into law as originally written.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 11, 2014
A top aide to Harford County Executive David Craig has resigned to take a private sector job. The departure of Aaron Tomarchio, who has served as chief of staff to the county executive since 2005, was announced by Craig's office late Friday morning. Tomarchio will join Erickson Living, a national developer and manager of continuing care retirement communities, as director of corporate affairs, according to the announcement. "Aaron has been my most trusted aide during my term as county executive, and he was the first person that I asked to join my staff when I became County Executive in July 2005," Craig said in a statement.
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By Brian Griffiths | December 18, 2013
On Tuesday the Cecil Daily reported that Cecil County County Executive Tari Moore has returned to the Republican fold, in a story that will certainly not help with Moore's credibility: County Executive Tari Moore is once again a Republican after returning to the party fold last month. She confirmed Friday that she switched her registration back to Republican online Nov. 11, nearly one year after becoming "unaffiliated. " Moore, who has been a lifelong Republican, switched to unaffiliated last year in between her election and being sworn in as county executive.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
After five years of below-average performance, Baltimore County's only charter school will lose its license to operate in July, but will continue as a regular public school next year. The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to pull the charter from Imagine Discovery Public Charter School, the Woodlawn-area school that families had fought for years to keep open. Imagine Discovery parents are generally satisfied with the transfer of leadership because they believe the school will remain open with the same principal and teachers, said Charles Sydnor, who is on the school's PTA leadership team.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
Ignoring pleas from union leaders and the county's Annapolis delegation, the Baltimore County Council approved a bill Tuesday changing how county employees can appeal decisions about retirement benefits. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the bill, proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Councilwoman Vicki Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat, was the only member of the council to oppose it, saying it will put county employees "through unnecessary hardship, both economically and procedurally.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
By resigning ahead of a vote to remove him, former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold may hold onto his $8,000 county pension, officials said. "I believe this factored into his decision," said Jerry Walker, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Council. The County Council had scheduled a vote to remove Leopold for Monday, his 70th birthday, after he was found guilty last week of criminal misconduct in office. With six of seven members co-sponsoring the measure, it was expected to pass.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
When he was a young city councilman in Annapolis in 1982, John R. Hammond surprised family and friends by putting his hat in the ring for the job of Anne Arundel county executive. He lost decisively to O. James Lighthizer, a Democrat who went on to serve two terms. "I finished second, and the other guy finished just one place ahead of me," Hammond, a lifelong Annapolis resident, said with a laugh. This week Hammond, 63, didn't have to knock on doors to assume the office he once sought.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN REPORTER | November 22, 2007
Florio N. "Fran" Franetovich, a retired attorney who helped write the Harford County charter and was a former Bel Air town commissioner, died of cancer Monday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 80. A native of Union City, N.J., he was the son of immigrant Croatian parents, telling his children that he was born in the back of his uncle's barbershop. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1946 and left military service as a staff sergeant. He earned an accounting degree at Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., and while working at the Effanbee Doll Co., he met his future wife, the former Kathleen Henemier.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | June 28, 1992
County charter board members have toiled in virtual anonymity for four months, laboring over the meanings of words, phrases and concepts to write the document that could restructure county government and make history.Now the nine elected drafters want to know if constituents have been watching, if they care enough to become engaged, and if they have opinions to offer.The first of three public hearings over the next nine days on the charter board's initial draft will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Agriculture Center, 700 Agricultural Lane, Westminster.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Anne Arundel voters passed all 15 county charter amendments on Tuesday's ballot, most by a landslide. Among the changes are new rules for removing elected officials from office and a slight shift in the balance of power between the county executive and the County Council. Compared with state ballot questions that drew record ad spending and addressed the controversial issues of gay marriage, gambling and immigration, Anne Arundel's bevy of local questions seemed to be overlooked, Council Chairman Derek Fink said.
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Letter to The Aegis | October 29, 2012
Editor: I support Question A, which would amend the county charter regarding vacancy in the office of county executive. Under the current charter, if a county executive leaves office early in the four-year term, an appointed replacement could serve almost the entire four-year term. Question A will amend the charter to allow the voters to elect a new county executive at the next Congressional election, so any appointed replacement could serve no more than two years. Question A also adds a requirement that if the former county executive was a member of a political party when elected, any appointed temporary replacement should be a member of the same party.
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