Leggett Selects Marc Hansen as County Attorney

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has selected Marc Hansen to head the Office of County Attorney.  Hansen has been serving as Acting County Attorney since January 2010, following the resignation of former County Attorney Leon Rodriquez.

“I am honored to appoint Marc Hansen as County Attorney,” said Leggett.   “With more than 26 years of experience in the County Attorney’s office, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position.  Montgomery County is fortunate to have someone of Marc’s caliber heading up our legal department.”

Hansen is a resident of Washington Grove where he served three terms as mayor and several years as a local councilmember.  He also served on the Washington Grove Planning Commission and is currently a member of the Washington Grove Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Office of the County Attorney has a staff of more than 70 and a current budget of $8.7 million.

Hansen’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the County Council.

County’s Chief Information Officer Receives National Recognition

E. Steven Emanuel, who as Chief Information Officer heads up the department of Technology Services, has been selected as one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology, by eAccess Corporation of San Francisco.

The goal of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology recognition is to increase the current number of 600,000 African-Americans working in cutting edge fields by spotlighting the overlooked overachievers.

In notifying Emanuel of his selection, eAccess President/Executive Editor John William Templeton said, “Your example is a powerful example of the success that the national capitol region has enjoyed to provide opportunities for cutting edge achievement to people from all backgrounds.”

The recipients will be honored at the Innovation & Equity: Spurring Manufacturing Through Innovation in Black Communities Symposium on January 15, at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.

Community Use Director to be Honored by State Education Association

Ginny Gong, director of the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities, will be honored with an award for Leadership by the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA).  The awards recognize outstanding achievement in the areas of education, leadership, politics and community involvement at the national, state and local levels.

Gong was nominated by the Montgomery County Education Association’s Minority Affairs Committee for her consistent and determined leadership efforts in the field of education and advocacy and for her vision, professionalism and diplomacy in ensuring social justice for all people.  

In her current position, she is responsible for promoting and coordinating the community’s use of the County’s public facilities.  She was the first Asian American appointed to head an agency in Montgomery County.  

The Award will be presented at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Observance on January 15 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt.

Bethesda Library’s Teens Make Local News

In spite of the many opportunities teens have these days to learn and to communicate with each other electronically, they are still actually reading – and some local teens are part of a national program that helps publishers clue in to what’s hot among young adult readers.

Case in point: the Bethesda Teen Reads Program at the Bethesda Library recently featured in a Washington Post article entitled “Wanted: Young Readers to Build Book Buzz.” The local teens are one of 16 similar groups around that are part of the galley review program of the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services division.

According to the article, although the teens’ opinions don’t affect the publication of a book, they do provide “an important glimpse inside the minds of teen readers.”

The group is open to students between the ages of 12 and 18.  The young reviewers have a couple bookcases full of advance copies from which to pick their choices to review.

For more information about the group, contact Kathie Weinberg at 240-777-0637.

POSTED AT: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM |
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