Steve Schuh Inaugurated as 9th County Executive of Anne Arundel County
Promises "Beginning of a New Era" in County Government
Annapolis, MD (December 1, 2014) - Surrounded by supporters, family, local and state officials at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Steve Schuh today was inaugurated as 9th Anne Arundel County Executive.
"Today marks the beginning of a new era for Anne Arundel County," Schuh declared in his inaugural address. "As County Executive, it will be my job to ensure that we live up to our potential to be the best place to live, work, and start a business in Maryland."
During his address, Schuh outlined his vision for the county, including a five point plan to put the county and its citizens on a path to prosperity. The plan involves:
- Energizing economic growth and creating as many jobs as possible by reducing taxes and fees, starting with an immediate 3 percent cut in the property tax.
- Improving the quality of education by working with the school board to accelerate school construction and to build smaller, neighborhood schools.
- Enhancing public safety by increasing compensation and staffing levels in our police, fire, and corrections departments and Sheriff's Office over the next several years.
- Reforming county government departments so that services are delivered promptly, cost-effectively and courteously.
- Creating a cleaner environment and healthier waterways by repairing failing storm pipes and other infrastructure, respecting the General Development Plan and the wishes of local communities.
"In every decision I make and every policy I propose, I'll always put people before politics," Schuh concluded.
Speaking during the ceremony were Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch, former Governor Bob Ehrlich and Kendel Ehrlich, United States Senator Ben Cardin, and Governor-elect Larry Hogan. The music during the program was provided by Brooklyn Park Elementary School.
County Executive Steve Schuh was elected Anne Arundel County Executive on Tuesday, November 4.