September 25, 2019

Marcus Jones To Be Nominated by County Executive to Lead County Police Department

Marcus Jones
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will nominate Acting Police Chief Marcus Jones to serve as Montgomery County’s new police chief. Jones has been with the Montgomery County Police Department for 34 years and served as the acting police chief since June 2019.

Prior to taking over as acting police chief, Jones served as the assistant chief of the Investigative Services Bureau. He also served as the 3rd District commander, Director of Major Crimes, Drug Enforcement Commander and created an award-winning diversity training program. He is on the board of the Governor’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Council.

Jones is an adjunct instructor for the Leadership in Police Organizations three-week training course sponsored by the International Association Chiefs of Police. He is a former chair of the National Black Police Association and served on the Board of Directors for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the Task Force on Mentoring in Montgomery County. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is currently enrolled in the National Executive Institute.

The County Executive will formally submit Acting Chief Jones’ name to the County Council as his nominee for Chief of Police. If approved, Jones will become Montgomery County’s 17th police chief and the third African American to hold the position.

Discover New Places, People and Activities During Montgomery County’s Active Aging Week

Fitness classes are among the free, fun events offered during Montgomery County's Active Aging Week, which takes place the first week of October. Check out what’s happening and plan to participate in a group walk, Tai Chi, book discussion, line dance, card games, yoga, tech class, conversation, pickleball or something else!

Everyone is invited to the Active Aging Week kickoff event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Brookside Gardens.The free event includes a stroll around the park and many activity demonstrations such as Zumba and Tai Chi. Food will be available for purchase.

There are dozens of other events happening throughout the week. For a list, visit the County’s senior site and click on “Senior Calendar” (in the left column).

More information is available here.

On the Business Beat

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich spent the last few weeks of summer on the business beat. He visited several businesses in the County, met with the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and addressed the Maryland Women Business Center’s training and networking event at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg.

Calling All Hoops Fans

Registration for Montgomery County Recreation’s winter basketball clinics and leagues (K – 12) is underway.

Learn the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding, as well as the fundamentals of defense. Sign up opportunities will be available the elite programs for the more experienced youth players.

Check out the winter programs online and register today.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is a death by suicide every 12 minutes. The Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that public safety employees are three times more likely to die from suicide. County staff came together to raise awareness of the risk of suicide on Sept. 18.

The CDC identifies suicide as the second-leading cause of death among school-age youth.

The County, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools, launched a suicide prevention campaign in 2017 to highlight information for teens and others about how to help someone who may be thinking about suicide. The website, was designed by local resident Ray Crist and includes information useful for teens, as well as family members and adults.

To learn more about how to help someone in jeoparady of attempting suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The Montgomery County Crisis Center also offers free 24-hour telephone and walk-in help at 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville.

Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame Inducts First Class

More than 200 people attended the inaugural ceremonies of the new Montgomery County Hall of Fame at the Silver Spring Civic Building. County Executive Marc Elrich was among the speakers and sportscaster Dave Johnson emceed the event.

The Class of 2019 included four-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast Dominique Dawes; five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky; Maryland’s all-time winningest high school football coach Bob Milloy; Churchill High School alumnus and member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame Bruce Murray; former NFL and Springbrook High School star Shawn Springs and late Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.

Ultimate Guide to Fall Festivities in Montgomery County from Visit Montgomery

The leaves are starting to change, the air is crisper and pumpkin-spiced treats are popping up everywhere. That’s right – fall is here and Visit Montgomery, MD has a rundown on fall festivals in our area.

September 11, 2019

9-11: We Remember

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich statement on September 11th Observance:

It has been 18 years since the horrific September 11 terrorist attack. Today we remember the nearly 3,000 victims, including 11 from Montgomery County, who tragically had their lives taken by a senseless act of evil and hatred.

Today, and every day, we here in Montgomery County remember: 
  • William Edward Caswell;
  • Gerald Paul Fisher;
  • Lawrence D. Getzfred;
  • Michele M. Heidenberger;
  • Angela Marie Houtz;
  • Teddington Hamm Moy;
  • Darin H. Pontell;
  • Scott A. Powell;
  • Todd Hayes Reuben;
  • Patricia J. Statz; and
  • Ernest M. Willcher
They were our County brothers and sisters who lost their lives in the attack on the Pentagon.

We remember the bravery of those who heroically fought against their attackers on Flight 93, and the courage of the first responders who charged forward to the rescue, willing to put their lives on the line.

I hope everyone will join me in remembering the victims and their families who continue to grieve and miss their loved ones.

Montgomery County's 9/11 Memorial Park is a place you can go to reflect and pay respect. The park gives tribute to the 11 County residents who lost their lives. The names of these victims are inscribed on a plaque covered by two doors.

Eleven benches located throughout the path are dedicated to each of the victims. Family members chose the inscription to honor and reflect on the character of the person. The park is located at the corner of East Jefferson and Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

Ribbon-cutting Opens Montgomery County’s First Combined Library and Community Recreation Center

Hundreds of residents turned out to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center and Wheaton Local Park. The 92,000-square foot building, located at 11701 Georgia Ave., is the County’s first combined multiplex to include a library, community recreation center, Friends of the Library bookstore, and local park.

The multifaceted design blends literacy and leisure into a unique facility making it possible to participate in yoga, reading, playground activities, pottery, basketball, story time, purchasing of used books and fitness workouts at a single location.

By sharing the use of spaces such as lobbies, meeting rooms, and restrooms, the facility use is optimized. The high-performance and environmentally-friendly facility will receive at minimum LEED silver certification. Green features include a vegetative planted roof and a high-performance mechanical and lighting system that feature LED lights, controls and sensors.

More information about the new facility is available here.

Kids and Adults Can Invent the Future at FutureFest on Sunday, Sept. 15

Kids can spark their imaginations and families can celebrate their collective power to invent the future from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. This free family event takes place at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at Veterans Plaza.

FutureFest features hands-on activities that build skills, in addition to innovative and immersive cultural exhibits designed to inspire kids and adults alike.

More information, including a full schedule is available on the website.