Making News: January 2010

County Attorney steps down and moves up

Montgomery County Attorney Leon Rodriguez has notified County Executive Ike Leggett that, effective January 19, he will step down from his current post to accept a position as Chief of Staff/ Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the federal Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Rodriguez was nominated by Leggett in April 2007 to serve as County Attorney. In his new job, he will be working under former County Council member Tom Perez who is Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.
Accepting Rodriguez’ resignation with regret, Leggett noted that “Leon has ably served the residents of Montgomery County with his considerable legal expertise, strong work ethic, creativity, and integrity. Though I will miss his counsel, I know he will continue his dedicated service to ‘justice for all’ in his new post.”

Assistant County Attorney Marc Hansen will serve as Acting County Attorney.

County's Chief Informtion Officer makes the cover of Government Technology's "Public CIO Magazine"

Montgomery County’s Chief Information Officer, E. Steven Emanuel, is featured on the cover and in a feature article – entitled "From Obscurity to Overdrive" -- in the October/November 2009 edition of Government Technology’s “Public CIO Magazine.” The piece features Emanuel and other CIO’s from around the country discussing new leadership challenges that are moving public Chief Information Officers out of obscurity and how the field of technology is changing. Check out the article at

"And the award goes to..." The Public Information Office's pedestrian safety video receives an award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts

The Public Information Office’s pedestrian safety video recently won a Silver Davey Award in the social issues category from the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA).  “Drive Safe!®: Keeping Pedestrians Safe When You’re Behind the Wheel” is part of an education effort launched by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett in July 2009 to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths by targeting new teen and adult drivers about their role in keeping pedestrians safe. The video is in two versions, one aimed at teen drivers and the other at new adult drivers, including non-native English speakers.  Check the video at

POSTED AT: Sunday, January 03, 2010 | 2:01:00 PM |
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