The Baltimore County Council unanimously reelected Councilman Julian Jones to continue serving as its chair during its Monday meeting.
Jones, a Woodstock Democrat, will take the helm of the council for a third time in four years. He became the first African American person to chair the council when he was first elevated to the role in 2019. He’s represented the 4th District that includes Woodlawn, Randallstown and parts of Owings Mills and Reisterstown for the last seven years.
“You have really shown all of us who currently sit on the County Council your loyalty and your strength to stand up for what’s right,” said Democratic Councilwoman Cathy Bevins during the meeting. “You’re the right choice for the chair again this year.”
It’s not totally unusual for a chair to serve two consecutive terms. Bevins was elected as chair in 2014 and 2015; former Councilman John Olszewski, Sr. chaired the seven-member council in 2010 and 2011.
Councilman Tom Quirk, an Oella Democrat, lauded Jones for his leadership amid coronavirus challenges and redistricting controversy. The council faces a lawsuit filed by county residents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland after declining to draw another majority Black district. Jones’ district remains the county’s only majority Black district under the new map.
“You handled it well Mr. Chairman,” Quirk said.
The council chair leads meetings, sets the council’s agenda, whips votes among council members for bills requested by the County Executive’s office and performs other administrative duties.
Jones shortly after the vote thanked fellow council members for their support.
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“I will continue to work very very hard to achieve the standard that every one of you has placed in me in this position,” he said.