Dundalk native Cathy Bevins elected council chair
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:25

Dundalk High alumna Cathy Bevins was elected as the chair of the Baltimore County Council.

Becomes third woman to lead county panel

by Ben Boehl

    A Dundalk gal is now head of the Baltimore County Council.
    Councilwoman Cathy Bevins was elected unanimously by her fellow council members to chair the council in 2014.
    The county council elects its own chairperson at its first regular session in each calendar year.
    Bevins represents the 6th District, which includes her Middle River residence, but she is a native of Dundalk and a graduate of Dundalk High School.
    “I am humbled by the trust and confidence that my fellow council members have expressed by selecting me to serve as their chair,” Bevins said.
    “I am honored to serve the wonderful citizens of  Baltimore County, and I will do my best to provide meaningful representation and continue the tradition of fiscally responsible oversight in my role as council chair.”
    Bevins was nominated by 7th District Councilman John Olszewski Sr.
    According to the biography on her website, Bevins started her career in county government in the administration of former county executive Jim Smith in 2004, when she was named Constituent Services Coordinator for eastern Baltimore County.
    Her work in that position included responding to residents and businesses registering requests and questions about issues such as snow removal, rodent control complaints and traffic situations.
    Bevins moved on to work as administrator of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association in 2010, which included a role as the county’s liaison to the 35 Baltimore County volunteer fire companies.
    Eric Washington, a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in the 6th District, said he is a supporter of Bevins and was honored when she spoke at one of his campaign events.
    Washington said he has known Bevins since before her time in politics.
    “I meet her through [Baltimore County] constituent services. I had an issue at my home and she solved the problem in 30 minutes,” Washington recalled.
    “She always solves problems very fast and very efficiently.”
    Bevins succeeds 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk as chair and becomes the third woman to lead the council and the first since 2nd District Councilwoman Vicki Almond was elected to the post in 2012.
    Former councilwoman Barbara Bachur chaired the council in 1983.