ROCKVILLE, December 7, 2010—The Montgomery County Council today unanimously elected Valerie Ervin as president and Roger Berliner as vice president of the Council. They will serve one-year terms as officers of the Council. Councilmember Ervin, who represents District 5, served as vice president of the Council for the past year. Councilmember Berliner, who represents District 1, served as vice president of the Council the previous year. On Dec. 6 at Rockville High School, each was sworn in to begin their second term on the Council. Also sworn in as part of the 17th Council of Montgomery County were returning incumbents Phil Andrews, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Nancy Navarro. Newly elected Hans Riemer and Craig Rice are beginning their first terms. All were elected in November to four-year terms.
“This year, I propose that we get back to basics, focus on disciplined governing, and implement long-term structural changes in the interest of our community,” said Council President Ervin. “The challenges that we will face during the upcoming year are squarely focused on pocket-book economics, and we will devote our time to maintaining the quality of life in Montgomery County. We must make the tough decisions that will keep this County on the course of greatness that helped to determine why nearly a million people have chosen to live here, and why so many who are drawn to innovation and opportunity choose to work here. We have our challenges, but we will approach them with the confidence of knowing that if any community has the capacity to adapt, it is Montgomery County.”
Council President Ervin represents District 5, which includes Kensington, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton. She chairs the Council’s Education Committee and serves on the Council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee, which conducts budget reviews and program oversight for various County departments and offices. As an advocate for the interests of working families and improving the lives of children, she has pushed Montgomery County to the forefront of the universal preschool movement.
Council Vice President Berliner was first elected to the Montgomery County Council in November 2006 as the District 1 representative for the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac areas. He begins the new term as chair of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee and as a member of the Public Safety Committee. He also serves as the Council’s representative to the County’s Sustainability Working Group and Green Economic Task Force. Regionally, he is on the Washington Regional Board of Directors of the Council of Governments where he is an active member of the Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee.