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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of College Park, MD
Monday, August 22, 2016
Contact: Ryna Quinones Communications Coordinator
rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov

The City of College Park (MD) Announces New Finance Director

COLLEGE PARK, MD, August 22, 2016 – City Manager Scott Somers announced today that Gary Fields has been selected as the next Finance Director for College Park. Fields will replace Steve Groh, who is retiring after 17 years with the City. Somers said that City staff worked together on developing the criteria for the type of candidate the City needs to replace Groh, and went through several hiring rounds to find the ideal fit.

In regards to Fields, Somers stated that “the Finance Director is a vital position for the City, and we are thrilled to have Gary join our team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are greatly looking forward to working with him.” With a total of 35 years in finance, 29 of which in governmental finance, Fields has an extensive background with local governments as well as private industry.

Fields is currently the Finance Director for the City of Manassas Park, Virginia. He previously served as Finance Director for the City of Gross Pointe, Michigan and the City of Bay City, Michigan. Fields received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Abilene Christian University.

Fields is expected to start on September 19, 2016.

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News and media outlets are encouraged to contact Ryna Quinones regarding any inquiries or stories about the City of College Park. For all media inquiries, please contact her via email at rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov or by phone at (240)487-3508.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of College Park, MD
Wednesday June 1, 2016
Contact: Ryna Quinones Communications Coordinator
rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov

The City of College Park (MD) Announces New City Services at Davis Hall 9217 51st Avenue

COLLEGE PARK, MD, June 1, 2016 – The City of College Park has announced that it will provide new services at its Davis Hall location to better serve the residents of College Park. City Manager Scott Somers said that “the City is dedicated to providing excellent services, and these additional services at Davis Hall will be more convenient for residents, particularly residents in north College Park.”

Starting on June 6, 2016, the following services will be provided to the public at the Davis Hall lobby window:
  • Payment and processing for all parking zone permits 
  • Payment of all City of College Park parking fines 
  • Appeals forms for parking violations 
  • Maryland Non-Resident Vehicle Registration permit 
  • MVA flag releases due to non-payment of parking fines 
  • Purchase or renew the Prince George’s County annual pet license (dogs, cats and ferrets) 
The services listed above will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The City of College Park’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is located at Davis Hall, and the office hours for services such as bulk pick-ups and compost sales, are 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The lobby window in City Hall will continue to open Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.; however beginning June 6, it will close at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Saturday hours at the City Hall windows will remain from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. City parking fines may also be paid online with no service charge at http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/tkt_payment_online/.

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For all media inquiries, please contact Ryna Quinones via email at rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov or by phone at (240)487-3508.
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City of College Park, MD
For Immediate Release
Friday, May 24, 2016
Contact:    Ryna Quinones, Communications Coordinator                   
                  rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov


The City of College Park (MD) Announces New Communications Coordinator 

COLLEGE PARK, MD, May 24, 2016 – City Manager Scott Somers and Assistant City Manager Bill Gardiner welcomed Ryna Quinones as the new Communications Coordinator for the City of College Park. The Communications Coordinator position is a new position for the City, as communication functions were previously dispersed to various City departments. The new Communications Coordinator role will not only disseminate all news and information for the City, but will also help promote the City to residents, businesses and the community at large. 

In regards to the new hire, Somers stated “This is an important function for the City, and we are thrilled to have Ryna join us. She brings great skills and experiences that will benefit all aspects of our communications.” Quinones stated that she “was very excited to be a part of City of College Park and to help direct the new narrative for all the exciting changes in the City.” With a strong background in marketing and communications, Quinones is looking forward to her new role and working with staff to implement a City communications plan, which will include new social media channels, new website improvements and a greater media presence.

 Prior to her position with the City, Quinones was the Marketing Manager for BookHolders for over six years, handling all of their marketing and communications plans and outreach. She was also the President of the Downtown College Park Management Authority, the representing body for merchants in the Downtown College Park area, where she worked with numerous entities including the University of Maryland and the College Park City University Partnership. Originally from New York, Quinones has lived near the College Park area for over twenty years, and is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park. News and media outlets are encouraged to contact Ryna Quinones regarding any inquiries or stories about the City of College Park. For all media inquiries, please contact her via email at rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov or by phone at (240)487-3508.



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City of College Park, MD
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 4, 2016
Contact:    Bill Gardiner, Assistant City Manager                  
                  bgardiner@collegeparkmd.gov


Economic Development Coordinator Resigns;

City to Begin New Search

College Park, Md.  March 4--City Manager Scott Somers and Planning Director Terry Schum announced today that Randall Toussaint, the City’s Economic Development Coordinator, has submitted his resignation.  His last day with the City will be March 18.  Mr. Toussaint said that unfortunately he needs to seek work closer to his home so he can spend more time with his family. 

Ms. Schum stated that “Randall hit the ground running and contributed to many economic development activities during his brief tenure with College Park.  We are sorry to lose a great colleague and professional, and wish him the best.”  Mr. Toussaint helped develop content for a new City website, supported the City’s small business grant programs, and worked on business expansion and recruitment. He said, “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to work in College Park, and will truly miss working with my colleagues and the community.  Professionally, this position was a great fit.”

Mr. Somers noted the importance of the Economic Development Coordinator role for the City, and thanked Randall for his contribution.  He said that staff will immediately begin the search to fill the position. 

 

 

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City of College Park, MD

For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Contact: Janeen S. Miller, City Clerk
jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov

College Park (MD) Announces New City Manager

August 13, 2015 – College Park Mayor Andrew M. Fellows announced Tuesday night that the City Council has selected Scott Somers as the next City Manager of College Park. Somers will replace Joseph L. Nagro who is retiring in September after 25 years with the City. Fellows said the City Council worked closely with residents and other stakeholders on developing the criteria for the type of person the City needs to replace Nagro, whom he described as “someone who is impossible to replace.”

In accepting the position, Somers said, “It’s a real honor and privilege to be selected as College Park’s next City Manager. I have big shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to continuing the good work of Mr. Nagro in terms of building relationships and collaborating with the University on sustainable redevelopment and economic development efforts.” Somers said one of his priorities will be working with the Mayor and Council to move forward on the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, particularly the One College Park goal.

Somers is currently the County Manager of Clatsop County, Oregon. He previously served as City Manager of Reedsport, Oregon, as well as with municipalities in Minnesota. Originally from Tucson, Somers received his Bachelor of Social Work from Arizona State University and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

In making the motion to approve Somers’ contract, Councilmember P. J. Brennan thanked the stakeholder groups that were involved in the interview process and said the City Council reviewed many highly qualified candidates. He expressed satisfaction with the selection of Mr. Somers, stating that “Mr. Somers is someone who the Council looks forward to working with and we see a bright future under his leadership.”

Councilmember Stephanie Stullich added that the participation of the stakeholder groups, including City staff, provided valuable input during the selection process, saying, “The outcome is that we have found an outstanding City Manager.”

Somers is expected to start at the end of September. Nagro’s last day in the office will be September 11, 2015.

 

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City of College Park, MD
For Immediate Release
Friday, August 14, 2015
Contact: Bill Gardiner
Assistant City Manager
bgardiner@collegeparkmd.gov

College Park (MD) Adopts 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

August 14, 2015 – The College Park City Council unanimously adopted a new 2015–2020 Strategic Plan at the Council meeting on August 11. After introducing the motion, Councilmember Monroe Dennis stated, “This Strategic Plan articulates a new vision and goals for College Park, and the specific steps to achieve that vision.” The City’s previous strategic plan was for the period 2010 through 2015.

Reflecting on the adopted plan, Mayor Andrew Fellows noted how proud he is of staff, Council, and residents for their work, adding that “there’s lots of excitement about the months and years to come.” The new City Vision is for “a vibrant and prosperous top 20 college town . . . known for distinctive and connected neighborhoods, thriving commercial districts, cultural amenities, attractive green space and streetscapes, convenient transportation systems serving all users, and a strong sense of community pride.”

The 2015–2020 Strategic Plan Goals are:
  1. One College Park
  2. Environmental Sustainability
  3. High Quality Development and Reinvestment
  4. Quality Infrastructure
  5. Effective Leadership
  6. Excellent Services

Councilmember PJ Brennan said the first goal, “One College Park,” will ensure services are equitable throughout the City, and speaks to the City’s growing relationship with the University of Maryland. Councilmember Patrick Wojahn noted that the Plan expands the ways the City will engage with residents, and Councilmember Denise Mitchell spoke of the importance to reach out to residents about the new Plan over the coming months. Councilmember Kabir concluded by saying, “The tough part before us is to make the plan work. We need to work hard to make it a reality.”

The City hired The Novak Consulting Group in December 2014 to assist the City develop a new Strategic Plan. The eight-month process included an environmental scan, focus group meetings, an online survey, public hearings, and all-day workshops with Council and with staff. Approximately 100 residents and stakeholders participated in meetings to discuss a draft framework of the plan, and more than 200 residents completed an online survey to provide feedback for the strategic planning process.

The 2015–2020 Strategic Plan, the 2015-2020 Action Plan, and related documents are available to download at: http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/programs_and_initiatives/2020strategicplan.php