John F. Hartline, Executive Director
A Southern Maryland scene: Sailboats docked on St. Leonard Creek, Calvert County, Maryland, May 2002. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Appointed by Southern Maryland Municipal Association: Joseph W. Norris
Ex officio (nonvoting): R. Michael Gill, Secretary of Commerce; Robert S. McCord, Acting Secretary of Planning.
Southern Maryland Senate Delegation: Thomas M. Middleton; Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.; Stephen M. Waugh.
Southern Maryland House of Delegates Delegation: Gerald W. (Jerry) Clark; Mark N. Fisher; Michael A. Jackson; Sally Y. Jameson; Matt Morgan; Edith J. Patterson; Elizabeth G. (Susie) Proctor; Deborah C. Rey; C. T. Wilson.
CALVERT COUNTY MEMBERS
Board of County Commissioners: Michael Hart; Thomas C. Hejl; Patrick H. Nutter; Evan K. Slaughenhoupt; Steven R. Weems.
At-Large: Brian Raines
Nonvoting: Maurice T. Lusby III; Linda S. Vassallo.
CHARLES COUNTY MEMBERS
Board of County Commissioners: Debra M. Davis, Esq.; Peter F. Murphy; Kenneth Robinson; Robert A. Rucci; Amanda M. Stewart.
At-Large: Ray Mertz
Nonvoting: Darrell A. Brown; Stephen M. Bunker.
ST. MARY'S COUNTY MEMBERS
Board of County Commissioners: James Randy Guy; Michael L. Hewitt; Thomas H. Jarboe; Todd B. Morgan; John E. O'Connor.
At-Large: Helen M. Werneke
Nonvoting: Christopher Kaselemis; James Howard Thompson.
The Council brings together local, State and federal resources to address issues in economic development; environmental protection; and regional resource management, which includes transportation, utilities, urban growth and development, housing, and public facilities and services. Annually, the Council submits its proposed programs and operating budget for the next fiscal year to the Department of Commerce. At least every four years, the Council reevaluates the General Development Plan for Southern Maryland, following the election of State and local officials (Chapter 36, Acts of 1979).
Thirty-seven members make up the Council. Twenty-nine are voting members, and eight nonvoting (Code Economic Development Article, secs. 13-601 through 13-640).
Appointed to 1-year terms: Milly B. Welsh, 2017; Mark N. Fisher, 2018.
Appointed to 2-year terms: James D. Blackwell, 2018; Anna Chaney, 2018; Rebecca Seward, 2018; Lucille Walker, 2018; Mary Wood, 2018; Catherin Hamilton, 2019; Janna Howley, 2019; David Paulk, 2019.
Appointed to 4-year terms: Edward Bowling, 2018; Yates Clagett, 2018; William M. Hitte, 2018; Thomas M. Middleton, 2018; Benson Tiralla, 2018; John Faber, 2020; Willie Goddard, 2020; Sally Y. Jameson, 2020.
Ex officio (nonvoting): Steven R. Weems, Esq., Chair, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland; Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture; Steven P. Wall, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Craig Beyrouty, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park.
Nonvoting: Lisa Barge; Lindsay Halterman; Earl F. (Buddy) Hance; Hagner R. Mister; Jennifer Pettko; Barbara Polito; Charles Rice; Kim Rush-Lynch; Donna K. Sasscer; Henry A. (Bud) Virts.
Shelby Watson-Hampton, Executive Director
In 2000, the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission was convened by the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland to stabilize the agricultural enterprises of Southern Maryland, encompassing Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties. At that time, the State of Maryland had instituted a voluntary tobacco buy-out program, administered by the Council , to encourage farmers to stop growing tobacco.
The Commission assists farmers in transitioning from tobacco production to alternative crops and agricultural enterprises. With the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, the Commission also has developed and revised the Tobacco Transition and Southern Maryland Strategic Plan for Agriculture.
Twenty-three members constitute the Commission. The Tri-County Council appoints nine members to 4-year terms, and eight members to 2-year terms. Representing specialized agricultural sectors, two members are appointed to one-year terms. Four members serve ex officio.
Michael Benton, Chair
Brianna Bowling; Darlene Breck; Benjamin B. Bryan; Doris J. Cammack-Spencer; Debra Clark; Stacey M. Cook; Alan Crawley; Robin Cullers; Larry Greenhill; Laurel T. James; Marcia Keeth; Francisco Kuldian; Todd Leitch; Christi Lombardi; Edie McGreevy; Todd B. Morgan; Cindy Rauner; William Scarafia; Cheri A. Swailes; Raveen Taylor; Kelly L. Willliams; Carrie Willmore; Kelly Winters; Stephanie Witte; Therese A. Wolf; James J. Yuhase, Jr.
Ex officio: John F. Hartline, Executive Director, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
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