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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Montgomery Council Seeks Applicants for County Board of Appeals

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Deadline to Apply Extended to
Friday, August 16 at 5:00 pm

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 25, 2019—The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants for two four-year terms on the County Board of Appeals. The second term of Stan Boyd (Democrat) will expire in September 2019, and he is not eligible to reapply. The first term of Bruce Goldensohn (Republican) also expires in September 2019, and he has indicated that he plans to reapply. Applications for the positions must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 16.

By law, no more than three members of the Board shall be from the same political party. Only one of the vacancies can be filled by a Democrat. The other position can be filled by a Republican, a voter who is unaffiliated with a party, or a voter who is a member of another party officially recognized by the Board of Elections.

In addition to Mr. Boyd (Democrat) and Mr. Goldensohn (Republican), current members of the Board include Chair John Pentecost (Democrat), Katherine Freeman (Democrat) and Jon Cook (other). Members of County Boards, Committees and Commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time.

Members of the Board receive $15,525 annually, with the Chair receiving $21,942. Salaries are adjusted each December to reflect 50 percent of the change in the Washington Area Consumer Price Index.

Duties of the Board of Appeals include hearing and deciding requests for variances from development standards contained in the Zoning Ordinance; hearing appeals from certain administrative decisions rendered by County government agencies; and hearing oral argument on and deciding appeals from decisions of the Hearing Examiner on conditional uses. The Board also considers and decides requests for modifications of special exceptions.

The Board normally holds weekly hearings all day Wednesday and worksessions every other week on Wednesdays. If necessary to accommodate an extended caseload or continued hearings, the Board may schedule hearings on other weekdays. Members are expected to prepare for the hearings by reading the cases to be heard and to share the workload of drafting and editing opinions or to follow-up on investigations on specific cases. Members work approximately 15-25 hours a week.

The principal jurisdiction of the Board of Appeals does not include the municipalities of Brookeville, Poolesville, Laytonsville, Rockville, Barnesville, Gaithersburg, and Washington Grove. The Council is not precluded from appointing someone who resides in one of these municipalities, although the Council may avoid doing so.

Letters expressing interest, including a resume listing professional and civic experience, political party affiliation, home and office telephone numbers and an email address, should be addressed to: Council President Nancy Navarro, County Council Office, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850 or can be emailed to Letters of application must be received no later than 5 p.m. on August 16. It is the Council’s policy not to consider applications received after the deadline. After the closing date, Councilmembers will review the letters of application and may select applicants to interview.

Letters of application and resumes are made public as part of the appointment process. Any interviews held are open to the public and will be televised. A financial statement of assets, debts, income and family property interests will be required of all applicants. Only the appointed candidates will be required to make the financial statement available for public review.

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Release ID: 19-260
Media Contact: Anne Brown 240-777-7925