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Posted on: December 5, 2017



Council Member Dannielle Glaros Elected to Serve as Chair; Council Member Todd Turner Elected Vice Chair


The Prince George’s County Council elected Council Member Dannielle Glaros (D) District 3 to serve as Chair for Legislative Year 2018.  Council Member Todd Turner (D) – District 4, was elected to serve as Vice Chair.  The newly confirmed Council Leadership team presided over the first session of the Legislative Year 2018 on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Chair Glaros and Vice Chair Turner will serve in leadership through December 4, 2018.  


Chair Glaros thanked her Council colleagues for entrusting her with the “Gavel of Leadership.”  


“I am humbled by this moment and deeply grateful to my colleagues on this Council for choosing me to serve as Chair for the 2018 Legislative Year.  Thank you for your confidence and the opportunity to serve with such accomplished leaders. I am proud to accept the gavel you have entrusted to me, and of the work we have done together to strengthen the communities we are privileged to represent.”

Chair Glaros also addressed the Council’s priorities for Legislative Year 2018.

“The Council will continue its strong commitment to our Legislative priorities – Transportation, Economic Development and Transit-Oriented Development; Healthcare; Education; Fiscal Responsibility; and Public Safety. We will also maintain our focus on strengthening nonprofit organizations in Prince George’s County – building countywide on the work we’ve been doing in District 3 for the past three years.  The County Council will also continue to focus on state and federal funding; the FY2019 budget; rewrite of the County’s 50-year-old Zoning Ordinance; address our housing challenges; the performance audit, and act in the Council’s role as the Board of Health.”


Prior to concluding her remarks, Chair Glaros announced the 2018 Legislative Year committee leadership appointments:

Planning, Zoning and Economic Development PZED)

Chair, Council Member Andrea Harrison; Vice Chair, Council Member Mel Franklin


Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM)

Chair, Council Member Derrick L. Davis; Vice Chair, Council Member Deni Taveras


Transportation, Housing and Environment Committee (THE)

Chair, Council Vice Chair Todd Turner; Vice Chair, Council Member Karen Toles


Health, Education and Human Services (HEHS)

Chair, Council Member Mary Lehman; Vice Chair, Council Member Obie Patterson


Rules and General Assembly:

Vice Chair Turner and Council Member Davis


Council Chair Glaros, a resident of Riverdale Park, was elected to a four-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in the November 2014 General Election. Vice Chair Turner of Bowie, was also elected to serve his first term on the Prince George’s County Council in 2014.  


Please visit for on-demand video of the Gavel Exchange Ceremony, or to access Gavel Exchange photographs and speeches.   The Gavel Exchange ceremony will also be cablecast on Prince George’s Community Television (CTV), Channel 42 (Verizon FIOS) and Channel 76, (Comcast).  For air dates and times, please visit or contact CTV at 301.773.0900.  




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