Commissioner in Garrett named to MACo board

Jim Hinebaugh

OAKLAND — Garrett County Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh has been elected to the Maryland Association of Counties Board of Directors.

“I feel honored to represent Garrett County on the Maryland Association of Counties Board of Directors,” said Hinebaugh, who will serve a one-year term. 

MaCo, according to its website, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly.

As a member of the board, Hinebaugh will help set the association’s legislative priorities.

“One of the primary benefits is having a direct voice and influence on MACo’s position on legislative issues as each county has one vote — regardless of size/population,” said Hinebaugh. “It provides an opportunity to help other Maryland counties better understand Garrett County’s position on issues.

“Being on the board also provides an opportunity to provide a rural and Western Maryland perspective,” he said. 

Hinebaugh, who is serving his second term as a Garrett County commissioner, has previously served as the county’s MACo representative and on its legislative committee.

“Being on the board is also a great opportunity to network and build relationships with the elected leadership of other counties, including both the leaders of the larger suburban/metropolitan counties and other rural counties,” Hinebaugh said.

MACo meets each week while the Maryland General Assembly is in session and on a regular basis when it’s not. 

 The association’s membership consists of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

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