County Comment: Washington County Commissioner Elected Treasurer of the Maryland

County Comment
Washington County Commissioner Elected Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Counties
By Norman Bassett
Public Information Officer

Washington County Commissioners' Vice President John F. Barr was recently elected Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo).
Every year in January, county elected officials, Senators, Delegates, and other representatives of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City gather in Cambridge, Maryland for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Winter Conference. The goal of the event is to provide county decision-makers and other participants with the tools for more effective leadership and a clearer perspective on the issues that will be addressed during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session. The ultimate result of attendance is more effective and efficient county government.
The 2012 MACo Winter Conference was held on January 4-6 in Cambridge, Maryland. During the conference, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown installed the 2012 MACo Board of Directors. The elected officers and members are selected each year to serve in specific leadership roles, but also to act as an Executive Committee to help manage and oversee the operations of the organization.
Treasurer Role
As Treasurer, Commissioner John F. Barr will oversee a number of internal financial processes, and report to the full MACo membership at its conferences. As one of MACo's officers, Commissioner Barr will join officer colleagues in guiding administration, personnel, and other policy issues for the association. He has previously represented MACo on its Board of Directors, Education Committee, and Ad Hoc Workgroup on Financial Management.
About MACo: MACo is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland county governments by articulating their needs and ideas to the Maryland General Assembly. The Association's membership is composed of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City. MACo's members determine Association policy and positions on executive and legislative proposals through an elected Board of Directors and a Legislative Committee. Through MACo's advocacy, training, education programs, and annual conferences, members are provided with endless opportunities to improve their capacity to serve their residents.