Prince George’s county executive elected president of national organization -- Gazette.Net


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has been elected to serve as the board president for the County Executives of America.

“I’m really excited about the next two years of heading up this organization,” Baker said. “This is a great way to promote Prince George’s County and raise our profile on a national stage.”

Baker said his priorities as president of the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit include advocating for county governments at the national level, adding that the majority of people in the U.S. live within county jurisdictions.

“We want to make sure our voice is heard, at the White House, in Congress and among policy makers,” Baker said.

CEA is the only non-partisan association dedicated specifically to chief elected county officials, representing over 700 county, parish and consolidated city/county officials across the nation, according to its website.

CEA advocates for county officials at Congress, the White House and other federal agencies, according to its website.

Baker will serve a two-year term, and will succeed Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who has served as CEA president from 2012 to 2014.

“Rushern L. Baker III represents the best that America has to offer in terms of leadership,” CEA Executive Director Michael Griffin said in a statement. “I’m sure that with his integrity and energy our organization will not only continue to grow and prosper but will be the leader for service delivery to the American people.”

Baker was also featured on the cover of the latest edition of Shopping Centers Today and in an article focusing on government officials’ efforts to spur retail development.

Shopping Centers Today is a publication of the New York-based International Association of Shopping Centers, which seeks to promote the retail shopping industry.