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Sen. Guzzone to Lead Ball’s Transition Team in Howard County

Howard County Executive-elect Calvin Ball (D) announced members of his transition steering committee and additional transition team members Wednesday morning, tapping state Sen. Guy Guzzone (D) to lead the effort.

Guzzone is Senate chairman of the Howard County legislative delegation and a former County Council member. Also serving on the transition steering committee:

  • Martha Anne Clark, Owner, Clark’s Elioak Farm
  • Dr. Kathleen Hetherington, President, Howard Community College
  • Dr. Daraius Irani, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research, Towson University
  • Tonya Kennon, President & CEO, Howard County Library System
  • Dr. Darryll Pines, Dean of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School, University of Maryland
  • Young Smith, President, Howard County Chapter, League of Korean Americans of Maryland
  • Steve Snelgrove, President, Howard County General Hospital
  • Ken Ulman, President, Margrave Strategies and former Howard County executive
  • Nikki Highsmith Vernick, CEO, The Horizon Foundation
  • Beverly White-Seals, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Howard County

“I am thrilled that so many experienced, talented leaders have agreed to lend their skills and knowledge to help build the best Howard County for all,” Ball said in a statement. “Every member of this team is committed to the future of Howard County, and I look forward to hearing their recommendations and working with each of them for years to come. I’ve asked our team to evaluate programs and services focused on innovative opportunities to move our county forward.”

Ball has also created transition group subcommittees, which will help him develop a battle plan for governing. They will cover: administration, citizen services, economic development, education, environment, health care, planning/zoning/permits, public safety, and public works.

Ball will be sworn in as Howard County’s 10th county executive on Dec. 3. He has asked for work to be completed by the transition groups by Jan. 8.

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