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Prince George's County Briefs

WI Staff | 8/17/2011, 9:41 a.m.

Prince George's County Named to 2011 Digital Counties Survey Top Ten List

Upper Marlboro, MD--Prince George's County has been named in the 2011 Digital Counties Survey as one of the top ten large counties in the nation for the use of information and communications technology. The survey focuses on results achieved through technology, particularly ways that counties are cutting costs and improving services through technological advancement. The County was ranked 6th among all counties with populations of 500,000 or more.

"I was excited to hear that Prince George's County has been recognized yet again for our efforts to promote transparency and efficiency through technology," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. "This survey shows us how we've made our government better through technology, while giving us feedback on how we can continue improving services for our residents."

The survey considered a number of accomplishments by the Prince George's County Office of Information Technology and Communications (OITC). In May of this year, OITC submitted an extensive account of the County's recent efforts to improve services and security. "Prince George's County Government is so pleased to be acknowledged as one of the top ten digital counties in the nation," said Tonya Gott, Director of OITC.

"Although we continue to experience fiscal constraints, the Office of Information Technology and Communications has remained focused on seeking new methods of providing IT services and support, and improving the delivery of public services. Our team is continuously seeking new channels of collaboration to contain costs and generate revenue while advancing the use of technology to meet the needs of the County, its citizens, communities, businesses, environment, and the region."

Among the accomplishments that propelled the County to its top ranking are: technological advancements in public safety communications, enhanced library computing, infrastructure improvements, broadband technology extensions, network speed upgrades, enhanced security and disaster management measures, upgraded election technology, heightened social media activity, and increased transparency and government accessibility.

The Digital Counties Survey, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), identifies the best examples of counties using technology to support efficient and responsive government. Over the past four years, Prince George's County has consistently ranked in the top ten for large counties.

County Department of Environmental Resources Welcomes New Deputy Director

LARGO, MD - The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources (DER) has welcomed Gary E. Cunningham, a retired lieutenant colonel from the police department, as its new deputy director. Cunningham will oversee the Divisions that handle property maintenance, and licenses and inspections.

"I am very pleased to welcome Gary Cunningham to the Department," said DER Director Samuel E. Wynkoop Jr. "With his experience, leadership and knowledge of the county and its communities, he will be instrumental in providing a high quality of service to the residents of Prince George's County."

Cunningham joined the police department in 1985 and was assigned to the Beltsville Station as a criminal investigator and crime prevention officer. During that time, he also piloted the first community policing satellite office in the area and worked in Prince George's County Public Schools teaching the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) and Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) programs. After his promotion to Sergeant, he served as the Officer in Charge of the Press Information Office and was also assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Violent Crime Enforcement Unit and the Intelligence Unit.

As he was promoted through the ranks, he served the county in various capacities including commander of the Robbery Section, commander of the Special Crimes Section, assistant commander of the Clinton Station and commander of the Oxon Hill Station. When he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in December 2009, Cunningham was assigned to the Bureau of Administration and was reassigned to the Bureau of Support Services where he served until his retirement in 2011.