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Alsobrooks Boasts $1.2M War Chest in Reelection Bid fueled by Developers and others.

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has a war chest of $1.2 million in her bid for reelection in the majority-Black jurisdiction which is fueled by outsiders and others.

Largo, Md, (Reform Sasscer) – Why has the Prince George’s County, Maryland become so thoroughly corrupt? The reason is historical—it goes back many decades—and, in a way, philosophical. The county leadership is best understood as an insurgency that carried the seeds of its own corruption from the start. This corruption continues to advance with the developers and other folks interested to lining up their own pockets in heavy toll. As a result, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has a war chest of $1.2 million in her bid for reelection in the majority-Black jurisdiction which is fueled by outsiders and others.

Though Alsobrooks hasn’t officially filed paperwork with the Maryland State Board of Elections, a campaign statement released Wednesday summarizes the Democrat’s plans to seek a second four-year term despite major fiasco sweeping the county schools. Allowing elected officials in Maryland to use campaign funds to pay for their legal defense is a “slap in the face” of efforts to reform the state’s corruption-plagued political culture,” stated a resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

The latest campaign finance report for Jan. 14, 2021 – Jan. 12, 2022 showed her campaign has raised nearly $702,000.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the overwhelming amount you chose to invest in the vision that I have for Prince George’s County,” Alsobrooks said. “Please continue to volunteer for our campaign and tell friends about what we are doing. I need you more than ever to keep our momentum moving forward.”

A summary shows out of the 1,432 donations received, about 902 came from Prince George’s County. Approximately 823 donations came in at $100 or less.

A few of the major contributions:

• $6,000 from AES Electrical Inc. of Laurel.

• $6,000 from Gordon Barnaby, founder and president of BarnAllen Technologies of Rockville in Montgomery County.

• $5,000 from Bowie Trucking Service of Upper Marlboro.

• $2,500 from Andre Gingles, an attorney and owner of Gingles LLC in Laurel.

• $2,000 from EXP US Services Inc. of Chicago.

Meanwhile, four other Democratic candidates filed to run for county executive by the deadline on 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to file campaign finance reports online. If mailed, the reports needed to be postmarked on or before Wednesday.

Former NFL player and county native Leigh Bodden of Bowie has about $4,400 cash on hand, the second-highest amount in the race. He contributed about $1,000 to his campaign.

Sherman Hardy, a real estate agent and Air Force veteran of Clinton, raised $2,406 last year but with only $473 cash on hand.

Tonya Sweat, an attorney from Accokeek who also runs her own consulting firm and is well knowledgeable with the State and county issues, raised slightly more than $6,465 last year. However, her campaign finance report shows a deficit of $386. She will make a great county executive if given a chance.

“I still have a couple outstanding bills that need to be paid,” she said.

As she continues to campaign, Sweat has some advice for voters.

“If they want to stay in the same place they’re in right now, then that’s their right,” she said. “If they want change, then they need to stop and think about where the money’s coming from. Money doesn’t necessarily bring about change. It’s a resource and a tool we can use to get there, but if it’s not in the right hands, we’re not going to be any better off.”

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, a campaign finance report wasn’t online for Billy W. Bridges who has promised a robust campaign and he is aware of the issues as well. He sought the office in 2018 and made prayer in public schools a part of his campaign platform.

All prospective candidates have until Feb. 22 to file documents with the state elections board.

The winner of the June 28 Democratic primary is all but guaranteed victory in the general election with Democrats outnumbering Republicans 10 to 1 in the county. The jurisdiction with a population of 967,200 has the highest number of registered Democrats in the state.

County residents eligible to run for public offices are encouraged to vie as democrats’ for all open seats to challenge and beat the incumbents without delay this year. A few senators and delegates are okay. This is the only way to bring a positive change in Prince George’s county, Maryland.

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Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks plans to seek a second four-year term despite major fiasco sweeping the county schools.

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Baltimore’s chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby indicted, accused of perjury and making false loan applications

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby in 2019. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Via Washington Post By Ovetta Wiggins and Katie Mettler – Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, a rising star who was thrust into the national spotlight after the 2015 police custody death of Freddie Gray, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on two counts each of perjury and making false loan applications.

The indictment alleges that Mosby (D) claimed, under penalty of perjury, to have experienced “adverse financial consequences” as she twice asked to withdraw money from her City of Baltimore retirement fund under a Cares Act clause designed to help people cope with the pandemic.

Prosecutors say the work hardships Mosby cited in May and December of 2020, to withdraw $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, were unfounded as she received her full gross salary of $250,000 that year. Mosby ultimately received the money from her retirement account, the indictment alleges, then used it to purchase two properties in Florida — a home in Kissimmee and a condo in Long Boat Key.

On both mortgage applications, Mosby was required to disclose her liabilities but failed to do so, according to court records. She did not reveal that she had unpaid federal taxes or that in March 2020 the Internal Revenue Service had placed a $45,000 lien against all properties she and her husband owned, the indictment states.

Additionally, the indictment alleges that Mosby signed a “second home rider” on the Kissimmee property, which allowed her to obtain a lower mortgage rate and included a promise that the space would be primarily used by her as a second home. But a week before that, prosecutors allege, Mosby signed an agreement with a vacation property management company to rent the home — which violated the terms of the second home rider.

An attorney for Mosby said Thursday that the charges were unfounded, “rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.”

“Marilyn Mosby is innocent, has been innocent, and we look forward to defending her in the court of law, and presenting evidence of her innocence to a jury of her peers,” A. Scott Bolden said in an email. “We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail against these bogus charges.”

The indictment does not immediately affect Mosby’s ability to remain in office. Under the Maryland constitution, a state’s attorney is subject to removal from office for incompetency, willful neglect of duty or misdemeanor in office, on conviction, or by a vote of two-thirds of the Senate, on the recommendation of the attorney general.

The federal probe followed a seven-month inquiry by the city’s inspector general examining Mosby’s travel, personal businesses and gifts. The report was released in February 2021.

Mosby is part of a new, growing generation of liberal prosecutors and a prominent voice among those seeking to address the country’s systemic inequity of mass incarceration.

Currently serving in her second term, Mosby gained national attention in 2015 when she charged six officers in the police-custody death of Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from West Baltimore. Gray’s death triggered days of unrest in Baltimore. None of the officers were convicted, which led to some criticism of Mosby from those who considered the charges an overreach.

Since then, her office has been both hailed and criticized for some of the aggressive actions it has taken to reform the criminal justice system and its response to the surge in violent crime in the city.

Last year, she announced she would stop prosecuting certain misdemeanor cases, including prostitution and drug possession. She said it was part of a shift to keep jails from overcrowding during the pandemic. Advocacy groups said the move would leave more resources to fight violent crime. Some community members worried about the effect the policy would have in neighborhoods impacted by drugs and violence.

Baltimore has recorded more than 300 homicides a year over the last seven years.

Zy Richardson, a spokeswoman for Mosby, said in a statement that her office will not be “distracted” by the indictment.

“State’s Attorney Mosby and the office remain completely focused and wholly committed to serving the citizens of our city,” she said. “Our leadership and our frontline prosecutors are some of the best in the world and we will not be distracted or sidetracked from our mission to make Baltimore a safer community.”

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has repeatedly attacked Mosby over the years, blaming her for escalating violence in the city. During a recent appearance on Fox News Sunday, he called her a “big part of the problem.” “We have a prosecutor in Baltimore City who refuses to prosecute violent criminals and that’s at the root of the problem,” he said.

Mosby countered in a letter to Hogan, saying his own national ambitions drove him to use Baltimore City as a “punching bag” to “score political points with your conservative base.”

At age 34, Mosby became one of the youngest chief law enforcement officers in the country when she was elected in 2014. She is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick J. Mosby (D), who made a brief run for mayor in 2015. The former state delegate became council president in 2020.

The Mosbys have been the center of a federal probe for more than a year that has included the couple’s tax and business affairs.

Last year, a federal grand jury subpoenaed a range of financial records related to the couple, including tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, loan documents and canceled checks, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Five months ago, the Sun reported that Marilyn Mosby’s personal attorney said a perjury charge was being pursued by the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal tax division over a signature on a document.

Bolden said officials refused to tell him anything more and accused them at the time of denying her due process.

On Thursday, he said that the indictment is “more telling for what is not in [it] rather than what is in there … a far cry from criminal tax evasion and tax-related charges that were at the heart of this federal investigation. More importantly, Ms. Mosby has never lied or made a false statement in connection the allegations contained in the charging document.”

He accused the U.S. attorney’s office and the DOJ’s Criminal Tax Division of conspiring to wrongfully indict on nontax-related charges.

Mosby’s indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney of Maryland Erek L. Barron, who was appointed last year as the state’s first Black lead federal prosecutor.

A date for her first appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore has not yet been set, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Maryland said in a news release.

The indictment is the latest scandal for the beleaguered city that has long built a reputation for corruption in the police department and at City Hall.

In 2017, seven Baltimore City police officers from an elite gun-trace task force were indicted, accused of robbing people, extorting drug dealers, filing false reports and claiming fraudulent overtime.

In 2020, former mayor Catherine E. Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy stemming from profits she made from a self-published children’s book “Healthy Holly,” thousands of copies of which weren’t distributed. Pugh was the second mayor in a decade to resign over allegations of corruption.

OPINION:

Various folks have expressed different opinions. Here below are some:

1.) In response to those who say this prosecution is “petty,” perjury is never a petty matter for 1) a lawyer, 2) a prosecutor, or 3) a public official.

2.) Please tell me this woman is not the face and future of progressive justice in the US. She and her husband represent the epitome of corruption and entitlement.

3.) Who said it was ok for whites to do it? ANYBODY who breaks the law should face justice.

4.) There are millions upon millions of honest, hard working, Black people in this country who do not engage in corruption. Trying to play the race card to justify her corruption is a slap in the faces of each of them.

5.) She knew she was in trouble with the IRS.
Her house was under lien.

In Florida, they can’t take your home if convicted.
She planned to escape there.

6.) Bingo, she took the money out of her pension to buy the Florida houses in order to keep from having it forfeited if she is convicted of corruption and has to vacate her position.

7.) How can someone claim she’s “for the people” of Baltimore while owning two properties in Florida? What’s the matter? West Baltimore not good enough for her? Or North Avenue?

8.) Mosby is no hero. She is a Trump in a black woman’s body. It’s always about her and she’s always the victim of some purported plot against her.

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PGCPS Laurel High School Student’s Eco-Activism Has Global Reach

Javier Fuentes, president of the Laurel High School Green Club, gives a thumbs up to the environmental initiatives that helped recertify Laurel as a Green School in Maryland. Courtesy photo by Cinthia Najera.

Editor’s Note: Taking climate lessons from the classroom to the community, Maryland students are becoming increasingly vocal, marching in protests, organizing rallies and challenging school and government authorities to act on their concerns.

Many have been inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who, at 15 in 2018, staged daily protests outside the Swedish Parliament with demands that leaders listen to her pleas for the planet.

This month we profile three Maryland teenagers, each a leader among their peers seeking to address solutions to a global crisis.

They are part of a growing youth movement, impatient and frustrated, yet empowered by the sum of their collective effort to create a more equitable and sustainable future.

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By Rosanne Skirble: – On a Friday last winter, Javier Fuentes, then a sophomore at Laurel High School in Prince George’s County, was in his bedroom attending virtual school.

After classes he had a commitment.

Javier was the only student invited to join a global sustainability panel among educators from Scotland, Australia, Kenya, Mexico, Germany and the United States.

The online event was sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, the non-profit that certifies green schools across Maryland.

Click here to read more from our Climate Calling series.

“I was nervous, intimidated,” he admitted, but Javier gathered his nerves and forged ahead.

“I was never really involved or passionate about the environment until I was a freshman and decided to join the Green Club,” he said in his remarks to the more than 100 people registered for the event, all environmental educators or professionals in the field.

As a member of the club’s executive team that year, Javier facilitated two messy compost audits with expert help from the Smithsonian.

“Ninety percent of the [so-called] waste was actually compostable,” he said.

“It was fun, educational, and a gross experience,” he said, recalling the hands-on sorting.

Those efforts jump-started Laurel’s composting program, the first in any Prince Georges County school. In 2020, the program was recognized with a Waste Diversion Award for Innovation from the Prince George’s Department of the Environment.

By sophomore year, Javier was Green Club president with an executive team, three faculty advisors, and 50 to 60 students who showed up regularly to meetings.

During the pandemic, under Javier’s leadership, the Green Club didn’t slack off and instead accelerated, creating a recycled art competition and getting dozens of students to take a pledge for America Recycles Day.

“There is nothing flashy about him, and he never grandstands. Although he has a quiet personality, he is liked and respected by other students,” said English teacher Beth Gallagher, faculty co-sponsor of the club. “He guided the Club through a strange year of online meetings and at home projects.”

Javier also spearheaded Laurel’s Green School recertification process, Gallagher said.

Nadisha Clayton, another faculty co-sponsor, was impressed by Javier’s critical thinking and encouraged him to join the Envirothon, the largest high school education competition in North America.

Students study training materials, attend hands-on sessions with local experts, and then compete at the local, state and national levels. After placing second countywide contest in March 2020, the Laurel team advanced to the state competition.

“They performed well enough to be able to secure a $1,500 scholarship for each member of their [five-person] team,” Clayton said.

Javier’s visibility in Prince George’s County earned him an invite from the County Board of Education to comment on the county’s Climate Action Plan.

“Overall, I like doing all of these things,” Javier said, reflecting on a summer job with the National Energy Education Development Project, a national non-profit. He studied insulation, working in small groups online with packaged materials sent to his home in boxes.

“I had no idea about insulation, and the impact windowpanes and drafts have on home energy efficiency,” he said. “There are practical solutions that students like me can take, around their own homes, their own lives, so they can become more sustainable.”

Looking back at last February’s Global Sustainability Panel, Javier also broadened his worldview.  He learned from research scientist M. Carolina Ceballos Bernal, with the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, a Mexican research food and development institute, that she had created an environmental education curriculum, but there was no public policy in place to enforce it.

Javier said he was inspired that she kept fighting to bring the program to life.

“She was able to make connections with other environmental groups to conduct interviews of communities on how they believed environmental education should take place, train educators, and lobby for education on sustainable development and sustainable schools,” he said. “Those kinds of stories inspire me to continue pushing forward with environmental work in my community, that we have to keep pushing for sustainable development themes in our curriculum.”

While acknowledging that young people get impatient with government inertia, Javier said it is the duty of his generation to slow the wider impact of climate change, which is why each action is important.

“You really have to fight for what you want to get it to happen, building connections, with others with the same passion, that we can all work together to make a better, greener future,” he said.

Even small steps can make a difference, Javier tells others.

“Seeing the little successes is what gives me hope, like using reusable water bottles or turning trash into art, or on a bigger scale like closing the ozone hole, seeing that the world can come together to slow effects of climate change,” he said.

But, when he thinks about it, it’s his personal story that gives him the courage to lead. His parents immigrated from El Salvador before he was born, escaping violence and poverty. His parents taught him not to waste food and to conserve energy because back home they couldn’t afford a lot.

“They told me about the drastic differences in lifestyle, and that’s part of my environmental experience, why I reflect on my own habits in my day-to-day-life,” he said.

Javier plans to study engineering or architecture after high school graduation in 2023.

Gallagher sees a promising future whatever he decides.

“Look for Javier where remarkable things are happening. At the center of the project, you will find him – kind, intelligent, hardworking, never seeming to do anything and yet, somehow, holding everything together,” she said.

Laurel High School’s Green Team members, including Javier Fuentes, remove invasive species during the Prince George’s County Student Environmental Alliance Summit at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Courtesy photo by Nadisha Clayton.

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Maryland lawmakers convene for 90-day legislative session

Maryland lawmakers gathered on Wednesday for the start of their 90-day legislative session with an unprecedented budget surplus

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reform Sasscer) — Maryland lawmakers are gathering in Annapolis for their 90-day legislative session.

They started on Wednesday with a huge budget surplus. That’s because of unexpectedly large revenues resulting from the help of federal pandemic aid.

Democrats, who control the General Assembly, say they will be prioritizing upgrades to parks, bridges, schools and information technology systems to help put more people back to work.

The Democrats have their long list of agenda items, and so does Governor Larry Hogan. There is one thing they may agree on – a tax cut for Marylanders – but a disagreement may arise on how to pay for it.

Other big-ticket items include the legalization of marijuana and how to tackle crime in Baltimore City. This will be the third year in which COVID-19 has impacted the session in some capacity

After being elected twice, this will be Governor Larry Hogan’s last first day of the General Assembly. He has a long list of priorities which include focusing on cutting crime. Senators have supported those crime bills in the past but they failed in the House of Delegates.

In the last week, he announced a $500 million plan to help with additional support for law enforcement . The governor also wants to cut taxes for seniors so they won’t keep leaving for other states.

With more than a $4 billion budget surplus – the governor said now is the time to cut those taxes.

“And so we think it’s the right time,” the governor said Tuesday. “We now can afford to do this. That’s usually the number one criticism we get from our colleagues across the aisle they say, ‘we’d love to help our retirees and our families and our small business we just simply can’t afford it.’ Well, now we can afford to.”

Democratic lawmakers may take a look at issues like legalizing recreational marijuana and whether they will make the decision or leave it up to the voters in a referendum.

They have to continue to focus on COVID-19 with things like testing and keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Democrats are also in favor of some tax cuts, but it’s just a matter of how to pay for it.

“It’s essential that we be thoughtful about how those dollars get used,” Senator Bill Ferguson said. “Those are not dollars that will come back year after year after year. Some of them may and for the portion that is recurring, where we have a structural surplus, we will entertain conversations about how we can protect what we have and invest in the future.“

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Prince George’s County, Maryland Highest Paid Employees

In 2020 Prince George’s County, Maryland reported 1,404 employees making more than $100,000 per year; by comparison the average salary was $69,747. The highest reported pay for the county was $119.20/HR for Robert Williams, Administrator to County Council-G. Prince George’s County, Maryland in 2020 ranked 59th in the nation among highest paying counties and 1,087th in the nation for overall highest paying employers.

View the top 100 highest paid employees for Prince George’s County, Maryland below.

Prince George’s County, MD – Employee Rankings

RANK  NAME  JOB TITLE  PAY  ESTIMATED YEARLY SALARY  
1Robert WilliamsAdministrator to County Council-G$119.20/HR$247,933 
2Henry StawinskiDirector-L$116.83/HR$243,000 
3George AskewDeputy Chief Administrative Officer-G$114.68/HR$238,525 
4Angie RodgersDeputy Chief Administrative Officer-G$112.98/HR$235,000 
5William HuntDeputy Administrator to County Council-G$112.09/HR$233,150 
6Hector VelezDirector-L$109.93/HR$228,644 
7Joy RussellDeputy Chief Administrative Officer-G$107.36/HR$223,300 
8David VandykeCounty Auditor-G$106.75/HR$222,047 
9Angela AlsobrooksCounty Executive-E$8,423/Bi-Weekly$218,998 
10Tara JacksonChief Administrative Officer-G$104.92/HR$218,225 
11Tiffany GreenDirector-Y$104.81/HR$218,000 
12Mark MagawDeputy Chief Administrative Officer-G$102.48/HR$213,150 
13Floyd HoltDeputy Chief Administrative Officer-G$102.48/HR$213,150 
14Jared MccarthyDeputy Chief Administrative Officer-G$100.96/HR$210,000 
15Shawn StokesDirector$100.52/HR$209,090 
16Joseph AdlerPersonal Services Contractor-Time$100/HR$208,000 
17Wanda GibsonDirector$97.60/HR$203,000 
18Stanley EarleyDirector$97.12/HR$202,000 
19Aisha BraveboyStates Attorney-E$7,653.95/Bi-Weekly$199,003 
20Jacqueline RafterryDeputy Director-L$95.17/HR$197,960 
21Robert HarvinDeputy Director-L$95.17/HR$197,960 
22George NicholsDeputy Director-L$95.17/HR$197,960 
23Christopher MurthaDeputy Director-L$95.17/HR$197,960 
24Anthony SchartnerDeputy Director-L$95.17/HR$197,960 
25Maurene McneilChief Zoning Hearing Examiner-G$94.97/HR$197,534 
26Corenne Labbe’Director$93.75/HR$195,000 
27Mary McdonoughDirector$93.75/HR$195,000 
28Elana Belon-ButlerDirector$92.75/HR$192,923 
29Melinda BollingDirector$92.72/HR$192,850 
30Joseph GillDirector$92.23/HR$191,835 
31Jonathan ButlerDirector$92.23/HR$191,835 
32Joyce NicholsZoning Hearing Examiner-G$92.22/HR$191,813 
33Leslie JenkinsAdministrative Specialist 4$92.22/HR$191,813 
34Rajesh KumarPrincipal Counsel to District Council-G$90.94/HR$189,149 
35Darrin PalmerAssistant Sheriff-E$90.90/HR$189,067 
36Rhonda WeaverDirector$90.76/HR$188,790 
37Stephanye Redd-MaxwellCourt Administrator-G$90.15/HR$187,519 
38Donnell TurnerAdministrative Specialist 4$90.15/HR$187,519 
39Brian FrankelDeputy Director-Y$89.64/HR$186,461 
40Alan DoubledayDeputy Director-Y$89.64/HR$186,461 
41James McclellandDeputy Director-Y$89.64/HR$186,461 
42Stephen McgibbonDirector$89.30/HR$185,745 
43Estella AlexanderDirector$88.94/HR$185,000 
44Terry BellamyDirector$87.84/HR$182,700 
45Raymond GilleyDeputy Director$87.50/HR$182,000 
46Gevonia WhittingtonDirector$87.21/HR$181,400 
47Ronald GillDirector$87.21/HR$181,400 
48Michelle RussellDirector$87.02/HR$181,000 
49Turkessa GreenAdministrative Specialist 4$86.95/HR$180,859 
50James KeletiPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
51Kevin HughesPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
52Cedric DickersonPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
53Robert NealonPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
54Jeffrey MitchellPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
55Sunny MrotekPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
56Shawne’ WaddyPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
57Mistinette MintsPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
58Steven YuenPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
59Brian ReillyPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
60Christian PricePolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
61Robert HollandPolice Major$86.52/HR$179,964 
62Jason AbbottPrincipal Deputy States Attorney-E$85.40/HR$177,625 
63William AlexanderPolice Major$85.03/HR$176,869 
64Lori BrooksAdministrative Specialist 4$84.18/HR$175,088 
65Denise RobinsonAdministrative Specialist$84.13/HR$175,000 
66Warren HughesFire Fighter-Medic Major-Y$83.94/HR$174,596 
67Denny ChatelFire Fighter Major-Y$83.94/HR$174,596 
68Theresa GrantAssociate Director$83.64/HR$173,980 
69Behdad KashanianAssociate Director$83.64/HR$173,980 
70Jewell Graves-TuckerAdministrative Specialist 3$83.64/HR$173,980 
71Angela FairAdministrative Specialist 3$83.64/HR$173,980 
72Shelby HendersonAssociate Director$83.64/HR$173,980 
73Glenn MainsAssociate Director$83.64/HR$173,980 
74Gary CunninghamDeputy Director$83.64/HR$173,967 
75Bryan AddisPolice Major$83.57/HR$173,827 
76Anthony ClinePolice Major$83.57/HR$173,827 
77Art’z WatkinsPolice Major$83.57/HR$173,827 
78Corey TruxonPolice Major$83.57/HR$173,827 
79Colette GreshamAdministrative Specialist 4$83.45/HR$173,586 
80Karen Campbell RobinsonAdministrative Specialist 3$83.45/HR$173,585 
81Kameron CoefieldDeputy Director$83.17/HR$173,000 
82Dawit AbrahamDeputy Director$82.82/HR$172,261 
83Major RiddickPersonal Services Contractor-Auto$6,620/Bi-Weekly$172,120 
84Sharon SaundersAssistant Sheriff-E$82.63/HR$171,880 
85Mark RoccaprioreAssistant Sheriff-E$82.63/HR$171,880 
86John CarrAssistant Sheriff-E$82.63/HR$171,879 
87Mark SpencerAdministrative Specialist 4$82.19/HR$170,951 
88Lakina WebsterPolice Major$82.13/HR$170,837 
89Sheniqua SmithPolice Major$82.13/HR$170,837 
90Amber HendricksDeputy Director$81.73/HR$170,000 
91Tiffany HarveyAdministrative Specialist$81.73/HR$170,000 
92Thomas JonesDeputy Director$81.73/HR$170,000 
93Rhea HarrisAdministrative Specialist$81.73/HR$170,000 
94Gary KrichbaumFire Fighter-Medic Major-Y$81.50/HR$169,510 
95Christopher HuntFire Fighter-Medic Major-Y$81.50/HR$169,510 
96Darren WareFire Fighter Major-Y$81.50/HR$169,510 
97Michael MarinoFire Fighter-Medic Major-Y$81.50/HR$169,510 
98Ernest LindqvistFire Fighter-Medic Major-Y$81.50/HR$169,510 
99Christian WargoFire Fighter-Medic Major-Y$81.50/HR$169,510 
100James McclellandFire Fighter-Medic Major-Y$81.50/HR$169,510 

See all employees for Prince George’s County, Maryland

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Former Prince George’s delegate Angela Angel enters 4th District congressional race

Former Dels. Angela M. Angel (D), District 25 will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
Angel, a lawyer worked on legislative policy. During her tenure in Annapolis, spoke of being grabbed, touched or treated inappropriately, without giving details or naming the perpetrators. Angel is expected to revisit and name names. This is the only way to change Annapolis General assembly once she becomes congresswoman. She is expected to challenge and change the culture of the congress.  

Bowie, Md, (Reform Sasscer) – Former Prince George’s delegate Angela M. Angel will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, she announced in a video Monday.

Angel, who served in the General Assembly from 2015 to 2019, will take on fellow current and former Prince George’s officials in the Democratic primary after Brown announced that he would not seek reelection and instead run for Maryland attorney general next year. During her tenure in Annapolis in the general assembly, Delegate Angel faced sexual harassment together with three other female lawmakers. At that time, the Three female lawmakers told a legislative panel in Annapolis that they’ve experienced sexual harassment while in office and called for an independent investigator to handle harassment complaints in the Maryland General Assembly.

In her campaign video, Angel highlighted her rise from a stint of homelessness in 2012 to her election to the House of Delegates in 2014, where she became a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence, citing her own experiences.

“In June of 2012 I found myself in a homeless shelter, nine months pregnant, escaping an abusive marriage,” she said. “I know what it’s like to get knocked down. I also know what it takes to stand back up. By June 2014 I went from homeless to the House of Delegates, where I authored and passed bills protecting survivors of domestic violence, providing mental health services for our children and holding companies accountable for overcharging seniors for prescription drugs.”

If elected, Angel said, she would also prioritize fighting for universal prekindergarten and developing the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor that runs through the district. She also said she would work to bring the FBI headquarters to the district as federal officials consider a new location — a project that lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia have been jockeying to build in their districts in anticipation of major economic benefits.

She joins Del. Jazz Lewis (D-Prince George’s) and former Prince George’s state’s attorney Glenn Ivey in the Democratic primary. James Curtis Jr. is also running for the nomination.

There are reports, Glenn Ivey should step down in favor of one of the other candidates running for office as his family already controls all three branches of government. According to the doctrine of separation of powers, the U.S. Constitution distributed the power of the federal government among these three branches, and built a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch could become too powerful. With Glenn Ivey’s wife Jolene Ivey ​currently representing Council District 5 and their son Del. Julian Ivey who is a member of House of Delegates since January 9, 2019. It will be fair to give a chance to another family or families to wand off wide spread corruption in the county.

Given the deep-blue shade of the district, the Democratic primary is likely to attract more funds and energy than the general election. The district includes a large swath of Prince George’s, plus parts of Anne Arundel County — newly including Annapolis after the General Assembly passed a revised congressional map this month as part of the redistricting process.

Delegate Jazz Lewis will also seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
Mr. Glenn Ivey should step down in favor of one of the other candidates running for office as his family already controls all three branches of government.

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‘It’s on me’: PGCPS CEO Goldson addresses issues in front of Questionable school board task force

Dr. Monica Goldson was named the new CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 amid outcry of public corruption in which she is part of it.

Upper Marlboro, (Reform Sasscer); ( — With Prince George’s County school buildings closed just days before winter break and CEO Monica Goldson, Ed.D who was appointed under public corruption defended her actions in a news conference. She appeared before more community members during the county’s questionable school board task force Tuesday night.

The group was established by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks to make recommendations on how to revamp the school board as it has been plagued with infighting and investigations. However, Considering a number of the members have been cited in our https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/, the recommendations from the Task Force won’t be credible to many of us. Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the #PGCPSMess as we know it.

The task force meets with different stakeholders to ask questions about the school system to determine what would be the best format for the school board. However, with some questionable members such as
1.) Doris Reed, executive director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative Personnel
, 2.) Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, chief Transformation Officer, National School Boards Association. Ms. Jacobs left PGCPS due to her reckless behavior and public corruption. 3.) Christian Rhodes, chief of staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education left due to public corruption. 4.) Maryland State Education Association should be excluded after various misconduct involving it’s officers over the years starting with Ms. Dudley, this taskforce is a joke. The final meeting of the year comes at the same time as the school system returned to virtual learning because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and major fights across the county schools.

“I’m probably praying more than anyone that this thing ends very soon,” said Goldson.

During one question, she used the pandemic as a way to explain how beneficial the relationship between the school system and county government has been. Angela Alsobrook the current county executive helped to cover up public corruption for Goldson.

“To be able to pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, I need to get teachers vaccinated’ and Kaiser said, ‘Hey this is the limit we have’ and then to contact the health department and they can supplement and to understand the sense of urgency in getting it done, was key,” said Goldson.

The task force also wanted to know about how politics, local and statewide, can play a role in the CEO’s decisions.

“I have been very honest and forceful and say, it all falls on me, so when it all goes bad, it’s on me, so allow me to make those decisions and they have done that,” she said.

She also said she also sends lawmakers the same guidance she sends to parents so everyone is on the same page.

While she recognizes that not everyone may agree with her decisions, like the one to revert back to virtual learning before winter break, she stands behind it.

The newly formed School Board Transformation Task Force continues to have meetings despite all the reservations cited earlier. Considering a number of the members have been cited in https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/, the recommendations from the Task Force won’t be credible to the public. Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the problems such as Ms. Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Doris Reed, Christian Rhodes and others tied to them including CEO Monica Goldson as we know them as #PGCPSMess.

Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the problems such as Ms. Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Doris Reed, Christian Rhodes and others tied to them including CEO Monica Goldson who is acting as fox in a chicken house.

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MD Gov. Hogan Gets COVID-19, Blasts School District’s Decision To Go Fully Remote

Prince George’s County Public Schools begun testing random groups of students for the coronavirus around October, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Upper Marlboro – (Reform Sasscer); Prince George’s County Public Schools will move fully to remote learning through Jan. 18, and recently, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made it known: He’s not for it.

Hogan, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, said it’s a “big deal and terrible mistake and something that we’re very opposed to,” according to NBC Washington.

“We all want to keep our kids safe but we’ve got protocols in place. There’s a hundred cases in Prince George’s County out of 131,000 students.”

PGCPS started closing all buildings starting yesterday Dec. 20 and will move to virtual learning for three days ahead of their winter break which will start on Dec. 23 due to multiple fights by students running uncontrollably throughout the district.

Schools will remain in virtual learning through Jan. 14. They will return in person on Jan. 18, following Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Students in the K-6 Virtual Learning Program will return Monday, January 31.

“Over the past few days, I have remained in daily contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding appropriate steps for maintaining safe environments across more than 200 school communities.” Said Monica Goldson, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of PGCPS who was selected under a cloud of public corruption.

Last week PGCPS saw a high of 155 cases of COVID-19 reported in a single day among students and staff even though there has been a growing movement among the students and staff to take a break due to these many fights which have gone amok.

It becomes the largest school district in the country to go close all of its schools and turn to remote learning due to the pandemic and other issues combined.

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Prince George’s parents frustrated over schools suddenly reverting to virtual learning

Nikki Weiss’ son is a first grader at Yorktown Elementary in Bowie. He is home now trying to do virtual learning. (Nikki Weiss)

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (7News) — Nikki Weiss’ son is a first grader at Yorktown Elementary in Bowie. He is home now trying to do virtual learning.

She shares several pictures with us of how its going so far. “Not great,” she says.

And as she struggles to work and find ways for him to be online she expects it’ll get worse.

“He’s not only going to be in virtual in first grade when he can’t read and can’t type, he’s going to miss even more instruction because there’s going to be some days he can’t get on,” she says.

Weiss speaks for a number of parents who’ve reached out to 7News On Your Side to express frustration with the sudden decision at the end of last week to move to virtual schooling until January 18.

“I mean just the timeframe,” she says. ”How can you expect parents, or students for that matter, to get any kind of information on a Friday night at 5 pm that starting Monday you have to find care for your kids or not go to work or whatever to go virtual for what?”

Today during a COVID update we took her concerns straight to schools CEO Monica Goldson and County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. Both say the numbers, nearly 1,000 students testing positive, 16,000 quarantined, made the move necessary even as challenging as it is.

“I agree completely with Dr. Goldson,” says Alsobrooks of the decision to close.

Goldson says, “If we could have waited to allow time for parents to make those changes and work around daycare we would have, but in consultation with the health department we felt it was important to begin to make sure that our students were safe in their home.”

Goldson also insists the closure is temporary and that students will be back in school January 18.

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