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Hogan to speak at Harford executive's inauguration

Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan, shown speaking the morning after his election, will attend and speak at the Dec. 1 inauguration of Harford County's new county executive Barry Glassman and the county council, to be held at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College.
Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan, shown speaking the morning after his election, will attend and speak at the Dec. 1 inauguration of Harford County's new county executive Barry Glassman and the county council, to be held at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College. (Joshua McKerrow / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan will speak during the inauguration of Harford County's new county executive and county council, as the county is set to welcome those new officials as well as its new sheriff at ceremonies planned for Monday, Dec. 1

County executive-elect Barry Glassman and the seven council members will take their oaths of office during a ceremony from noon to 3 p.m. at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena on the campus of Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

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Glassman's transition staff announced Monday evening that Hogan, who like Glassman was elected Nov. 4, plans to attend and make public remarks.

Sheriff-elect Jeffrey R. Gahler will be sworn in at a 6 p.m. ceremony at in the auditorium of The John Carroll School, 703 E. Churchville Road in Bel Air.

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Glassman ceremony

Glassman plans to deliver remarks "outlining his initial steps to improve service to citizens, repeal the rain tax and rightsize local government in light of ongoing fiscal pressures," according to a statement from his transition staff. Incoming Council President Richard C. Slutzky will also deliver public remarks.

In addition to Glassman and Slutzky, six district council members will take the oath of office: Mike Perrone Jr., District A; Joseph M. Woods, District B; James V. McMahan Jr., District C; Chard R. Shrodes, District D; Patrick Vincenti, District E; and Curtis F. Beulah, District F.

Glassman was elected Nov. 4 to succeed David Craig, who served nine and a half years as county executive. Slutzky, a district councilman for 12 years, was elected to succeed Billy Boniface, who is leaving the council after two terms and has been appointed county director of administration by Glassman.

Perrone, Vincenti and Beulah will be sworn in to the first council terms, while Shrodes and McMahan are beginning their third terms and Woods his second full term, after joining the council in 2009.

"This inclusive event will also honor the county's heritage and celebrate future generations," according to the Glassman transition statement. Featured will be music performed by students from Edgewood, North Harford, C. Milton Wright and John Carroll high schools; an uplifting performance by the African Methodist Episcopal Church Gospel Choir; young patriots from Churchville Elementary School; color guard from Aberdeen Proving Ground and honor guard from Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association.

Tickets are required and are being issued in advance of inauguration day. The public can request tickets through http://barryglassman.com/inaugurationrequest.php.

This will be the first county inaugural held at the APG Federal Credit Union Area, which opened two years ago. The last inaugural, in December 2010, was held on the steps of the Harford County Courthouse in Bel Air.

Gahler ceremony

Gahler defeated two-term incumbent Sheriff Jesse Bane in the Nov. 4 general election.

Kyle Andersen, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, said a pretty elaborate ceremony "with a lot of pomp and circumstance" is planned.

Invitations were sent out, Andersen said; however, the ceremony is open to the general public.

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"We just ask that anyone intending to attend RSVP to Kathleen Mack at mackk@harfordsheriff.org or 410-638-4780," he said.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., Andersen said. There will be a reception at The John Carroll School immediately following the ceremony.

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