January 6, 2015 6:18 pm ET
Unanimous vote gives Bevins second term as Chairwoman
Source: All In for Bevins
In a unanimous show of support, the Baltimore County Council voted to give Cathy Bevins, the Middle River Democrat who serves the Sixth Councilmatic District, another year as the Council Chairperson.
Typically, the Council members rotate the top position, and Councilman David Marks was the next in line to serve as Chair. Marks represents the Fifth Councilmatic District, which includes the major development hub of Towson.
Whether or not that played into the decision to keep Bevins in the “Chair chair” (pardon the pun) is unknown.
Bevins had replaced Councilman Tom Quirk, a Catonsville Democrat, in 2014. She and Councilwoman Vicki Almond are the first two females to serve on the County Council, including positions as Chairpersons.
This is also Bevins’ second term representing the Sixth District.
For those unaware of the responsibilities of the post, the Council Chairperson approves council expenditures, leads meetings, and performs other administrative duties as necessary.
The council voted itself a raise in 2014, which gave the Chairperson a salary of $70,000 as opposed to the $62,500 of the other Council members.
Ms. Bevins posted this statement on her Facebook page that read as follows:
I am honored to have been nominated and voted in as the “Chair” of the Baltimore County Council for 2015. I work with six extraordinary individuals on the Council and we work every day to improve the quality of life in our districts. I look forward to the future and serving my constituents. Your Priorities are my Priorities!
The view from the top must be a good one to want to stay there another year. Let’s just hope that the view from “down here” improves…