1. The county will initiate special projects that citizens will be allowed to invest in. Some examples are recycling projects to turn waste into dollars, grocery stores, technology, and low to moderate income housing. The citizens will have ownership, receive dividends, and create generational wealth to pass on to their families.
2. Create a new Urban Planning Office to spearhead these projects, based on community needs.
3. Aggressively try to match each high school and college graduate, who are not continuing their studies, with potential employers.
4. Increase minimum wage to the required area rate, while offering tax exemptions and tax credits to small business owners to offset the wage increase.
5. Develop business sites and pads to encourage certain high tech industries to relocate here.
6. Aim for 0% unemployment.
7. Create a County Rainy Day Fund, to handle any unforeseen negative economic impact that would normally require a tax increase on residents.
8. Coordinate housing for new employees in law enforcement and education.
9. Facilitate jobs and temporary housing for those returning from incarceration.
10. Institute a County Cleanup and Beautification Program that will
keep our streets clean and neat at all times. This includes twice
weekly trash pickup.
1. Reorganize the police department into the Public Safety Department. The officers will now be Public Safety Officers (PSO), and not police. This changes the mindset about the mission.
2. Officers will be paid more, as they are trained for community oriented policing.
3. Officers will only be assigned patrols in the neighborhood in which they live. This might encompass a five-mile radius.
4. New officers must be residents of Prince George’s County.
5. Officers currently employed, but do not live in Prince George’s County will be taken off patrol duty and reassigned to Surveillance, Intel, Narcotics, SWAT, K-9, or Aviation.
6. Officers will be provided with better armor and body cameras.
7. Each sidearm will be laser-sighted. This prevents unnecessary fatalities when an officer must discharge a weapon.
8. PSOs will patrol using new technology, routes, and guidelines that will allow for a response time under three minutes. This goes a long way to deter crime.
9. Officers will be trained and encouraged to stop and talk with youths and others in their neighborhoods. This creates positive relationships that discourage criminal behavior.
10. Officers will be allowed breaks that will make it possible to
stop and check on their families.
11. Create a Public Safety Officer Youth Sports league, to be
coached by PSOs.
12. Establish a Robust Junior PSO Program, to build character
and encourage young people to consider a PSO career.
13. Annual community celebrations to bring community and
14. More officers and K9s to be added to the Department.
15. PSO units on every fire and EMT call, for safety purposes.
16. Surveillance cameras throughout Prince George’s
County, to address crime prevention and apprehension.
17. A more rewarding Crime Stopper Reporting Program.
18. Monthly psychiatric exams for each PSO, to make sure they
are mentally capable of serving their community.
19. To deal with excess guns on the streets, the Public Safety
Department will engage in three steps. First, we will hold
Turn-in Events to allow those in possession of weapons
to turn them in, without questions. Secondly, through
Crime Stopper, any citizen that knows of someone
illegally in possession of a firearm, they can report it
anonymously and receive from $2,000 to $5,000. Thirdly,
those illegally in possession of a firearm, including
ghost guns, will be fined $2000 to $5000. For minors, their
parents or guardians will be expected to pay the fine.
20. To deal with car-jackings, the Public Safety Department will
utilize the aforementioned surveillance cameras, the
frequent patrols, the Crime Stopper enhanced rewards, and
a fine of $5,000 to $10,000 to be paid to the victims or family of the victims. For juveniles, we expect the parents to pay the fines. We will press the Courts to try the individuals as adults. For those that the Courts are unwilling
to incarcerate, we will seek weekend duties such as cutting grass or washing emergency vehicles for a period of no less than one year.
21. To deal with the traffic crisis on Route 210, the Public
Safety Department will utilize the surveillance cameras,
which will be manned 24 hours day and night by PSOs.
Officers will patrol the highway 24 hours each day, on all
sections. Speed violations between 15 and 25 mph, will
be fined $250. Speed violations in excess of 26 miles mph,
will be fined a minimum of $500. Depending on the excess,
the violator may be arrested and vehicle impounded. The
impound release fee will be $500.
22. Emergency management will be a priority to be prepared
for any and all emergencies.
23. Equipment will be upgraded and all necessary supplies will
24. Conduct more countywide emergency exercises to prepare
1. Realign the whole organizational chart to remove redundant positions and create a management and instructional system that makes sense.
2. Delete Principal and Assistant Principal positions, because the duties are overwhelming, many were placed in those positions for the wrong reasons, and many are unqualified.
3. Create position of Dean of Academic Affairs to be responsible for student records, doing informal observations, assisting new teachers in learning the curriculum, Testing, and other duties related specifically to curriculum.
4. Create position of Dean of Student Services to be responsible for discipline, referral to alternative schools, parent notifications, transportation, bus referrals, obtaining substitutes, and other duties related specifically to supporting the school environment.
5. All supervision and formal observations of classroom educators will be conducted by the newly created Office of Teacher Evaluation and Supervision.
6. The Deans will only supervise certain support staff.
7. Being more specialized in duties by the Deans will allow them to perform better and not be over-burdened.
8. Teachers will be treated as professionals, and we expect professional conduct at all times.
9. The centralized supervision will prevent the ineffective and dangerous staff from moving from school to school. It also will remove the hand of overbearing Principals who lack leadership skills.
10. There will be less paperwork and standard duty hours, to allow teachers a better quality of life.
11. All students and staff will be allowed a five minute period in the morning and afternoon for silent prayer, meditation, or reflection.
12. More teachers will be hired and recruited, to reduce class sizes.
13. Para-professionals will be offered opportunities to complete their degrees and obtain certification.
14. Testing will be reduced to semi-annual or annual. The endless benchmarks will be discontinued, as well as unnecessary data collection.
15. A Teacher Advisory Group will be formed to help select a more teacher friendly data collection system. We will commission the computer science programs at Bowie State University or the University of Maryland at College Park, to write us a data collection program that meets the recommendations of Teacher Advisory Groups.
16. The teacher Advisory Group will also help the County Executive better understand their needs, which union leadership might not be addressing.
17. New school construction will be accelerated, without any creative financing or developer deals.
18. We will opt out of the cumbersome Common Core and write a curriculum that is fair to students and teachers. The curriculum will be consistent and delivered in a consistent manner at each school. When something works well, it will be used by all.
19. Parents of consistently disruptive students will be required to attend parenting classes, before their student can return to school.
20. More alternative schools will be created, and reform schools for the most disruptive students.
21. Cameras will be placed in each classroom and common area.
22. A Public Safety Office kiosk or station will be in every elementary school.
23. The PSO count in middle and high school will depend upon student population.
24. K9s will be in every middle and high school to check for drugs, gunpowder, and explosives.
25. Metal detectors and gunpowder sensors will be placed in middle and high schools.
26. Quarterly or semi-annual psychiatric exams will be required for each teacher, to make sure they are in their best mental condition.
27. There will be a final salary review to make sure all back raises have been accomplished.
28. A forensic audit of the school system will finally be conducted.
29. An investigation of all suspected cases of nepotism and abuses of power will happen.
30. All contracts will be reviewed. No one person will be able to contract or obligate the school system.
31. For elementary schools, we will work to place one fulltime paraprofessional on each grade level. At some point, we hope to have one per classroom.
32. There will be no more School Based Budgeting. Each school will be given the staff and supplies that it needs without having to come up with a budget. There will be more centralization.
33. In the spirit of this centralization, there will be roundtables to coordinate any proposed changes that affect multiple departments.
34. Piloting of any product or service will be conducted over a reasonable time.
35. Repairs and maintenance will be routine and controlled electronically.
36. Emergency repairs will be addressed within 24 hours. Non-emergency repairs will be addressed in 48 to 72 hours.
37. Cross-utilization training will be used to make sure that the school system no longer depends on one or two people for a particular task.
38. Constant and cooperative communication with the Board of Education will be of the highest priority. This will hasten the return to a fully elected Board of Education.
39. Lastly, cameras, aides, and seat belts will be on each school bus.
1. Enlarge the size and scope of the County Health Department, to allow more mobile health units to service communities that are high risk for health concerns and pre-existing conditions.
2. We want to focus on preventative education to help residents live
better, and understand their options.
3. Early and often prenatal care will be crucial.
4. Assigning mental health specialists to mobile health units will also
be a priority.
5. Volunteer mental health teams will be recruited to respond to calls by concerned citizens, 24 hours each day. For safety purposes, each team will be accompanied by a Public Safety Officer.
6. Encourage residents to enter health care professions.
7. Open at least one charity hospital that will serve those that
truly cannot afford to pay for health care. The hospital will be
staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, medical students, and
8. If Covid-19 is still with us, we will go back to limitations on crowds, masks, social distancing, and hand held Covid detectors for each County employee and each household. Each school must have a full time nurse on staff. Virtual learning will resume if it is determined that the ventilation is inadequate in schools and if sanitizing is not adequately done to kill virus.
9. To alleviate the burden on working parents, if we have to resume
virtual learning, we will seek available funding to allow those parents to hire a family member or neighbor to watch their children.
1. Establish an Office of Inspector General to handle any and all
concerns about government, or those working for us.
2. The general public or employees of Prince George’s County will
be able make complaints of abuse, waste, or illegal activity, anonymously to the Inspector General.
3. Any employee guilty of violating ethics, or administrative
procedures, will be removed immediately.
4. We will create a Citizen Suggestion Program. This will allow any
resident to make a suggestion to us concerning saving money, or
just smoother operations. If a cost savings is realized, that resident
will be eligible for a monetary award. Suggestions that do not result in monetary savings, will be recognized in another manner.
5. To get citizens more interested and educated on the workings of
government, we will push for the creation of a Youth Government Institute and a Citizen Government Institute. The youth division will engage children 16-18. The regular division will work with anyone 19 and up. The Institutes will be staffed by volunteers with experience in any level of government.
6. It will be a commitment and honor to work with all of the mayors
in Prince George’s County. I will make sure they are full partners and never more than a phone call away. I commit to meeting with the mayors on a weekly basis.