• Edward Hopkins, a Bel Air fire chief, a member Harford County Fire Chiefs Liaison Committee and Chairman of the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners;

• Lt. Walter Kerr, of Maryland State Police Aviation Division and member of the Level Volunteer Fire Company;

• Theresa Lewis, vice president and business manager of Total Urgent Care;

• Charles "Bud" Ramsay, retired local businessman and a member of the county's Citizens Budget Advisory Board;


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• Russell J. Strickland, retired assistant director of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute;

• Bob Tibbs, owner and operator of Shadow Springs Farm near Havre de Grace and a member of the county's Citizens Budget Advisory Board.

The commission will begin serving June 1 and will continue to examine and recommend follow-up actions related to the county's fire and EMS master plan, released last year.

Bennett thanked the county administration for having confidence in him and allowing him to lead.

He said the previous commission did a lot of work on behalf of Harford County residents, and the permanent commission will build on that.

"I will not use the term 'transparent;' I do not like it," Bennett said, explaining that he does promise to all stakeholders, especially Harford residents, "we will be inclusive and we will involve you as we make recommendations to go forward with the county executive."

"You will be included and your opinions will be considered," he added.

Craig said he hopes to have a meeting with the group shortly after the commission begins serving in June.

He said he hopes the commission brings together many people to help further an agenda.

He cited an example of a recent editorial in The Aegis that suggested the county does not need a new emergency operations center – a $40 million project Craig supports.

"It's good to have a broad base of support to build those kinds of issues," he said.