Written by: Olivia Sanchez
For the first time in more than 11 years, the Anne Arundel County Council will be led by a woman.
The council voted unanimously Monday on a resolution to elect Councilwoman Allison Pickard, D-Glen Burnie, as the new chair, replacing Councilman Andrew Pruski, D-Gambrills, who has come to the end of his 1-year term chairmanship term. Councilwoman Sarah Lacey, D-Jessup, was elected vice-chair.
Pruski, D-Gambrills, was named chair on Dec. 3, 2018, after he was voted for unanimously by his newly sworn-in colleagues on the council. He was the only incumbent councilmember to return, as all the others were either term-limited or did not get re-elected.
After the council passed the resolution naming Pickard chair, Pruski passed the gavel to her, and she led the remainder of the meeting from her usual seat.
The County Council has not been led by a woman since 2008, when Cathy Vitale, a Republican from Severna Park, was the chair. The chair of the County Council runs meetings and works with the administration to introduce legislation on their behalf. Although Pruski’s time as chair is up, not much changes besides a shuffling of seats in the legislative chambers. He will remain on the council through the end of 2022, the end of his second term.