Council Chair Todd Turner and Vice-Chair Rodney Streeter to Serve in Legislative Year 2019
The newly-elected Prince George’s County Council, convening for the first time, elected Council Member Todd Turner (D) - District 4 to serve as Chair for Legislative Year 2019. Council Member Rodney Streeter (D) – District 7, was elected to serve as Vice Chair. The newly-confirmed Council Leadership team presided over the first session of the Legislative Year 2019 on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Chair Turner and Vice Chair Streeter will serve in leadership through December 3, 2019.
For the first time since 1982, the Council includes two voter-approved At-Large Members, expanding the legislative body from nine to 11 members.
Chair Turner, upon accepting the Council’s Gavel of Leadership, pledged to be a “bridge builder” during his leadership term.
“It’s been said that a good leader understands that leadership is responsibility, not power, and requires compromise, not dictates. I take this responsibility and role seriously, and I extend my deepest gratitude to my colleagues for your confidence in my ability to serve you and the County Council in this capacity. My goal is to be the bridge builder between the returning and new members of the Council, as well as with our new County Executive.”
Chair Turner also looked to the future, comparing the new 11-member Council to a winning football team.
“We are at a pivotal time in our County’s history, and I am excited for the future. Like a football team preparing to take the field for the first game of the season, we are 11-members strong and ready to meet the challenges ahead. Included among those seated on the dais today are seasoned veterans and proven free-agents from other teams. We also have rookies eager to put their skills to the test, and we even have one player returning to his old team. While our positions on the field may be different, we all share the same goal – building a strong team and winning for Prince George’s County.”
County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who made history as the first woman elected to serve as Prince George’s County Executive, addressed the Council during the Gavel Exchange Ceremony, thanking them for their service and sharing a lesson from her father.
“My father told me there are two things in life you must protect, your name and your time. When you lose them, you never get them back. This moment is significant in that we are exchanging the gavel; there are new faces, and it reminds me of the insecurity of time. Together, the time we have is finite, but the work that we do, if we do it well, will last well beyond us. Years from now people may not remember our names, but they will remember the work we did together. I look forward to working with each of you, and I look forward to people saying we did it better than anyone has ever done it before.”
Council Chair Turner, a resident of Bowie, was reelected to serve a second four-year term on the County Council in the November 2018 General Election. Vice Chair Streeter of Hillcrest Heights, was elected to serve his first term on the Prince George’s County Council in the 2018 General Election.
Please visit http://pgccouncil.us 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 www.pgctv.org or contact CTV at 301.773.0900.