Governor Larry Hogan Visits Carroll County, Holds Regional Cabinet Meeting
State Officials to Attend Over 60 Events, Meetings, Tours, and Visits with Local Leaders and Organizations
WESTMINSTER, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today joined with his Cabinet and leadership team to host a Regional Cabinet Meeting in Westminster, Md. in Carroll County. This marks the administration’s second regional cabinet meeting, continuing the governor’s promise to directly connect local communities and citizens with state government. The public event was held at Scott Theater at Carroll Community College and was attended by students, local leaders, and members of the community.
Following a presentation of the color guard by the Carroll County Unified Law Enforcement Honor Guard, the singing of the National Anthem by the Francis Scott Key Choral Group, and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by Carroll Community College student Hannah Sparks, Governor Hogan opened the meeting by detailing the progress the administration has made in Carroll County. He highlighted the more than $35 million for vital job creation projects, nearly $460 million dollars toward K-12 education funding, and record investments in transportation infrastructure in the county since 2015.
“During my campaign for governor we promised that Carroll County, and the rest of rural Maryland, would no longer be ignored, forgotten, or neglected, and this public cabinet meeting is just one more example that we are doing exactly what we said we would do,” said Governor Hogan. “Today, we are bringing your state government directly to you, because there should not be a disconnect between Carroll County and Annapolis. We are committed to listening to your concerns and staying engaged with every community in Maryland.”
Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford provided an update to the community on the administration’s efforts to fight heroin and opioid addiction across the state, prior to hosting the first-ever Maryland Heroin and Opioid Educational Forum for students at Westminster High School later in the day.
“We are not going to get out of this crisis alone. It will take everyone from the federal, state, and local governments, as well as the efforts of our community and faith-based leaders, private sector partners, and every Maryland citizen working together,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “By taking an all-hands-on-deck approach, we can save the lives of thousands of Marylanders before it’s too late.”
Following the lieutenant governor, Maryland Higher Education Commission Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Kelly Schulz, Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, and Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Ken Holt gave presentations on their respective agencies’ work in the region to create opportunities and a better quality of life for the citizens of Carroll County.
Finally, Maryland Senator Justin Ready gave a presentation about economic development in Carroll County, followed by Delegate Susan Krebs, who spoke about the future of Warfield Commerce & Cultural Center in Sykesville.
Following the regional meeting, the governor, lieutenant governor, and secretaries dispersed across the local community, holding more than 60 meetings, tours, and visits with local leaders and organizations.
Throughout the meeting, the governor and lieutenant governor presented citations to local leaders and individuals, recognizing them for contributions to the community. Citation recipients included:
- Aaron Geiman, agriscience teacher at Westminster High School
- Thomas McHugh, English Content Area Liaison/Teacher at Century High School and Carroll County 2017 Teacher of the Year
- Lou Salafia, business owner and volunteer with The Arc Carroll County
- Greg Kahlert, president of the philanthropic Kahlert Foundation
- Rich Bowie, President of Knorr Brake Company
- Rick Eylar, Mike Wissel, and Kent Martin of Lehigh Cement, representing the Carroll Co. Oyster Partnership Project
- Nancy McCormick, philanthropist
- Oscar Baker, volunteer with Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, Emergency Services Training Center, and 911 Communications Center
- Kevin Spaulding, Police & Correctional Training Commission Employee of the Year
- William Pallozzi, Lt. Brian Smith, and Sheriff Jim DeWees, representing Carroll County Drug Task Force
- Chief Ken Meekins of the Hampstead Police Department
- Tim Weber, Drug Treatment and Education Liaison for the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office
- Karen Tanzell, Assessor Supervisor with the Carroll County office.
- Keri Keefer, Veteran Services Program Coordinator for Carroll County
- Michael Weatherly, maintenance supervisor for the Westminster District Court
- Lynn Davis, County Youth Service Bureau
- Andy Pipari and Ryan Elliott, Maryland Department of General Services