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County Executive Steuart Pittman speaks at the opening of the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center which has moved into a new facility on the grounds of Crownsville Hospital.
County Executive Steuart Pittman speaks at the opening of the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center which has moved into a new facility on the grounds of Crownsville Hospital. (Joshua McKerrow/Capital Gazette)

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Monday his public schedule will now be available online.

The online schedule will include public events, as well as events that aren’t open to the public but may still be of public interest. It can be found at aacounty.org.

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Pittman has wanted to make his schedule publicly available for a while, but repeated requests from Capital Gazette journalists nudged the process along, said Chris Trumbauer, a senior communications and policy adviser to Pittman.

The move towards transparency is good for the community, said Rick Hutzell, editor of The Capital.

“The more the public knows what their governments are doing, the better for our society and our democracy,” Hutzell said. “We have been asking County Executive Pittman and Mayor (Gavin) Buckley to be more transparent about their schedules since they took office. This is a good step forward.”

Most items on Pittman’s agenda this week aren’t open to the public, including a Health and Human Services meeting, a bus tour of Brooklyn Park and three days of meetings with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council for Chesapeake Connect.

On Oct. 29, Pittman will speak on a panel about housing needs at the Maryland Housing Conference. This event will be in Baltimore at Martin’s West. It is open to the public, but attendees must purchase tickets in advance.

Other government executives have chosen different methods for releasing schedules. Former County Executive Steve Schuh would alert the public ahead of events while also notifying news media of upcoming events that have public interest but might not be open to the public.

Buckley has given his weekly schedule to Capital Gazette reporters but doesn’t release it to the wider public.

Monday, Buckley met with state treasurer Nancy Kopp and took part in swearing-in of new firefighters and a police promotion ceremony. Tuesday, he is scheduled to take part in a Parole community health and Boys and Girls Club meetings.

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, he will take part in a Woodside Gardens safety meeting. At the moment he doesn’t have any weekend events scheduled.

Both Buckley and Pittman also use social media to reveal upcoming plans and events, though neither release full schedules on those platforms.

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