Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Brown Appointed as Economic Development Director

Charles County Administrator Michael Mallinoff is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Darrell A. Brown as the director of Economic Development. Brown will begin his employment with Charles County Government on Monday, July 27.

Brown brings to the county strong economic development and government experience at many levels, and demonstrated exemplary performance in public service and education through interfacing directly with major governmental figures and negotiating with senior executives, investors, and small business owners. As the director of Economic Development, Brown will be responsible for leading activities involving economic development in Charles County, including representing the county to new and expanding businesses and cultivating relationships between the county and the business community, economic development agencies, and state and regional agencies.

“I am excited to welcome Mr. Brown to Charles County. His credentials are first class, and I am confident he will be an asset to the county’s economic development efforts,” said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Brown's vast experience to lead economic development in Charles County,” said Mallinoff.

Brown said, “I am honored to be a member of the county administrator’s leadership team. I will do my best to work with Mr. Mallinoff, the County Commissioners, the business community, and all other relevant and interested stakeholders to develop and implement sound strategies and projects designed to improve local, county, and regional economic development activity for the well-being of all Charles County residents.”

From 2011-2015, Brown was executive director for the District of Columbia Small Business Development Center at Howard University. He managed and directed staff and four service centers with a budget of $1.6 million. As executive director, Brown worked with Howard University School of Business, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. Department of Commerce, the District of Columbia, and other federal agencies to provide economic development assistance to small and newly formed businesses, to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity, and management improvement. Brown worked with SBA senior management to achieve growth and improved performance of the District of Columbia Small

Business Development Center. He also implemented an in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented counseling and training program that resulted in substantial economic impact for the small business community in the District of Columbia.

Prior to his employment with Howard University, Brown was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; director of State and Local Relations for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; director of Economic Development for the City of Cranston, Rhode Island; policy advisor of business and economic development for the governor of Rhode Island; chief of staff for the Office of the Attorney General of Rhode Island; and director of Urban Policy and Development for Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

Brown holds a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree from The American University, and is a graduate of St. John’s College High School in the District of Columbia.

Health Department to Provide Naloxone (Narcan) Training

Charles County Department of Health staff will train the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the La Plata Police Department to administer Naloxone (Narcan) to overdose victims. Law enforcement officers will be trained to administer Narcan as an inhalant. The first training is scheduled for Thursday, June 25 at the Sheriff’s Office 3D Waldorf Station (3670 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf) at 5 p.m.

Narcan is a prescribed medication that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose very quickly. In Maryland as of May 2015, 6,310 individuals have been trained, including 3,821 law enforcement officers and 73 Naloxone administrations have been reported.

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry said, “Since our officers are usually the first ones on the scene of an incident, it makes sense for us to be trained to administer Narcan. This has proven to be a life-saving measure in other communities.”

“The Department of Health is delighted to work with the Sheriff’s Office and the La Plata Police on this project. I look forward to providing this training to Charles County’s finest. This is the true definition of interagency collaboration,” says Charles County Health Officer Dianna E. Abney, M.D.

Future plans include training substance use treatment services staff and interested residents.

Dr. Abney, Sheriff Berry, and La Plata Town Police Chief Carl Schinner will be available for interviews during the June 25 training session. Members of the media wishing to attend this event are asked to contact Diane Richardson at or 301-609-6557.

Commission on Individuals with Disabilities to Host Information Table

The Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities will host an information table on Monday, July 20 in the lobby of the Charles County Government building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in learning more about the commission are encouraged to visit the table.

The commission provides the Charles County Commissioners with advice, information, and assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to increase social acceptance and ensure full participation of individuals with disabilities in the many facets of county life.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 25 years ago on July 26, 1990. The ADA is the best-known civil rights legislation for those with disabilities, impacting an estimated 43 million individuals at the time of its passage. The ADA built on centuries of activism by those with disabilities, and centuries of public debates over rights, citizenship, and engagement in civic life.

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